One of the most significant differences between a piece of art and a photograph is longevity. Not only does a piece of art outlast a photograph, but it is also something there will only ever be one of. When you buy or commission an original work, you not only support the practice of a living artist, you are contributing to the universal love and appreciation of art.
Pet portraits are one of my most frequently undertaken commissions. If you would like to commission a drawing of your beloved companion, some information to consider can be found here. Due to the volume of enquiries, standard pet portraits are offered in a consistent size, at a consistent price. A percentage of proceeds from all commissioned portraits benefits an Australian no-kill animal shelter.
Whether your pet is still with us, or they have sadly passed, a portrait is a beautiful way to celebrate their life.
Pet portraits are offered at A3 size (30 x 42cm / 11.8 x 16.5 inches).
I work exclusively with professional, artist’s quality materials that have been tested for archival excellence, so nothing is less than museum standard. Your portrait will be created with Faber Castell Polychromos®, Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901®, and Derwent Lightfast colour pencils on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico hot-pressed watercolour paper - an acid-free, 100% cotton mould-made paper from Italy.
In keeping with the aesthetic of my work, it is my preference to forgo backgrounds, as I believe they detract from the subject. For medium to large pets, i.e., dogs and cats, I will generally capture the head and neck in the portrait. For smaller pets, i.e., birds and lizards, it will often be possible to capture the whole body without compromising detail.
A clear, sharp reference photo is essential to produce a portrait that captures the detail and character of your pet. This is not always easy, or in some cases even possible*. Below are some points to consider when taking or selecting the photo that will be used as the reference for your portrait.
Use a digital camera if possible to take a high-resolution photo.
Shoot outside in natural daylight, or if indoors, next to a window or under a skylight for accurate colour. Avoid direct sunlight as extreme glare will wash out details. Likewise, overly shaded locations with no light will cast too heavy a shadow.
The photo should be taken at the same level/eye level as your pet, and the area to be portrayed should fill the frame.
When zooming in, we can see a lot of detail in the face and a good reflection in the eyes. If you can see the individual hairs, it is likely to be a suitable quality.
Portraits based on a composite of multiple different photos, e.g., the eyes from one photo, and mouth from another, is not recommended.
You know your pet best, so just keep in mind their personality when trying to get that perfect photo.
Bear in mind, a portrait should not be exact copy of a photo. It is a handmade work.
*If your pet is no longer with us, that is okay, I can look at a selection of your favourite photos and we can discuss what is possible.
PRICE AND PAYMENT
The price of your portrait is AU $550 inclusive of GST. A deposit of 30% is required to start work. This is to secure the time in my calendar and initial outlay of materials and is non-refundable. The balance is due by, or at the time of completion and prior to shipment. Payment by credit/direct debit card via PayPal is the preferred method for all transactions. Once your booking is confirmed you will receive an email with an invoice for the deposit. Please note that you do not need an account to use PayPal, there are no extra charges to the buyer, and it ensures your details remain safe. Direct bank transfer/deposit is possible for orders within Australia.
If you would like to give the gift of a pet portrait to someone special, gift certificates are available in my online store. They are offered in AU $50 increments, up to AU $550 and can be redeemed toward the price of a commissioned portrait. If purchasing a gift certificate for this purpose, please make a note of this, along with the name of the pet in the 'special message' field when placing your order.
Should there be a waiting period at the time of booking, this will be discussed prior to confirmation. I will let you know when I commence work on your portrait, and keep you updated during its creation with progress pictures. Portraits may often take up to three months to complete. I typically post work-in-progress photos on my social media. If your commission is a gift, or you simply would prefer this not occur, please let me know when booking.
Your portrait will be shipped flat, between sheets of acid-free tissue paper and reinforced board. All orders are insured. A tracking number will be provided once your order has been dispatched. A daytime delivery address is necessary as all items require a signature upon receipt. PO box addresses are not accepted. Local customs duties/taxes may apply once your purchase arrives in the country of destination..
After considering the above information, please contact me via the contact form on this site, email or social media channels, and I will get back to you as soon as possible to start discussions.