Pencil

My pencil drawings are created using a variety of high quality products. If the photograph provided for a commission meets the quality criteria then this medium will provide optimum detail. Again, I highly recommend the provided photograph to be a close up of the subject's face.

Watercolour

My watercolour pieces are created using high quality products. I work in black and white because it really enhances the subject's features. If you should choose this medium, I recommend providing a close up photograph of the subject's face in order to provide optimum detail.

Digital 

My digital drawings are hand drawn using an iPad and digital pen. If you decide to choose this medium then you will be able to select a colour theme that you'd like me to work in. 

PHOTO ADVICE

I work from photographs, so it is very important that you provide me with a very high quality photograph that follows my criteria below. In order for me to give you a piece of work that strongly reflects the personality of your pet, I need you to make sure that the eyes, nose and mouth are all very visible for me to draw.

Please read this information before commissioning me with a photograph!

Lighting

The importance of lighting when photographing your pet is very high. Preferably it is better to photograph your pet outdoors, however I understand that some animals aren’t as easy to keep still outside. I often aim to photograph my subjects over a period of a few days as they tend to get bored after a while. You want to be capturing the ‘best side’ of your pet so this method avoids them looking fed up in the photograph! 

Whilst sunshine can make for a great natural light source, if you photograph your pet in the direct sun light they can often appear washed out or have squinting eyes. As well as this, sometimes the sunshine is unevenly distributed across your pets face so one side may appear much darker than the other. As I focus on creating lots of texture in my work it is very important that I can clearly see all of your pet’s facial features. Over cast days tend to provide the perfect light for taking photographs for pet portraits.

If you are unable to photograph your pet outdoors, for example a cat or a parrot, then try to take them into a bright and naturally lit room where all of their facial features and textures are super visible. In this case, have your back to the window or natural light source and your pet facing you. This encourages an even distribution of natural light across your pets face.

Layout

The focal point of all of my drawings is the eyes, and if you stick to taking your photograph in the correct lighting then it should really capture the detail of your pet’s eyes. Many breeds of dogs, cats and even horses have long hair that can cover their eyes, so I really recommend that you push any long hair away from their face before you photograph them.

I don’t offer full body drawings of your pets because I am passionate about capturing the unique expression that is found in their faces. That is why I ask for you to photograph them ‘neck upwards’ if they are sitting down or focus on their face if they are standing up.

The easiest way to photograph your dog or cat is to have them sit down and get down to their level. I often have a biscuit or a toy in my hand to hold their attention towards something. If you then level the distraction object with your phone or camera you are ready to take your photos as they should be looking towards the camera. If you were to photograph your pet from standing up, it often doesn’t capture all of the detail in their face which is what I am looking for.

Examples of suitable photographs for a commission

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PRICE LISTS

My prices are based on the time I spend working, typically up to 20 hours per piece. Postage and packaging is an additional cost, however I am more than happy to hand deliver locally.  All commissions will be safely delivered in a poster tube.

Pencil Drawing

A5 (14.8 x 21.0 cm) 1 animal only £65

A4 (21.0 x 29.7 cm) 1 animal only £120

A3 (29.7 x 42.0 cm) 1 animal only £170   2 animals £220

Whilst you will receive the original artwork, I still reserve the right to scan in the finished commission and use the scanned copy for future work such as cards, prints, etc. In order to purchase an exclusive piece where I do not use the scanned image for future work, the price of the commission is double what is listed above.

Black And White Watercolour Painting

A5 (14.8 x 21.0 cm) 1 animal only £65

A4 (21.0 x 29.7 cm) 1 animal only £120

A3 (29.7 x 42.0 cm) 1 animal only £170   2 animals £220

Whilst you will receive the original artwork, I still reserve the right to scan in the finished commission and use the scanned copy for future work such as cards, prints, etc. In order to purchase an exclusive piece where I do not use the scanned image for future work, the price of the commission is double what is listed above.

Digital Drawing

A5 (14.8 x 21.0 cm) 1 animal only £20

A4 (21.0 x 29.7 cm) 1 animal only £25

A3 (29.7 x 42.0 cm) 1 animal only £35   2 animals £45

Whilst you will receive the original artwork, I still reserve the right to scan in the finished commission and use the scanned copy for future work such as cards, prints, etc. In order to purchase an exclusive piece where I do not use the scanned image for future work, the price of the commission is double what is listed above.