The Portrait Process
Find out all about the Steps that are involved in commissioning your own bespoke portrait.
If, at any stage, you need help or just want to ask a question please do get in touch - I am happy to answer any queries you may have!
Step 1 - Choose a Size and Medium
I currently offer four different standard sizes depending on your requirements. If you are unsure what size you would like, think about where you would like to hang your completed portrait and what sort of size would suit the space.
I offer head and shoulders portraits as standard but if you would like more of the subject included then one of the larger sizes would be more appropriate.
Similarly if you have more than one subject in your portrait a larger size would be better. All sizes shown include the mount - the drawn image will be a good size within the mount - and are standard sizes so that you can find the perfect frame easily.
8 by 10 inches mounted - slightly smaller than A4 this size is suitable for a single head and shoulder portrait
10 by 12 inches mounted - this is the most popular size for a single subject. It allows for a good amount of detail within the portrait and is slightly larger than A4
11 by 14 inches mounted - this is slightly smaller than A3 and is a good option if you have 2 or more subjects and want a larger portrait
12 by 16 inches mounted - this is currently the largest size I offer and is best for multiple subjects or a great statement piece
I offer three different mediums and four styles. The medium and style you choose will depend on the final effect you would like. I offer coloured pencil, pastel, graphite and graphite sketch. To help you choose you can browse my Portfolio Gallery and see which portraits grab your attention.
Step 2 - Choose or take your reference photo
Choose a clear photo that shows off the subjects personality and shows all the details you want to see included. The better the reference photo, the more details I will be able to include in your portrait. It is worth bearing in mind that I generally draw a head and shoulders portrait with no background unless otherwise requested.
If you have more than one subject and cannot get the perfect photo of them together you can use individual photos to create the final piece. Click below for a guide to getting a good photo.
Step 3 - Contact Me
Once you know the size and style of portrait you would like (or if you want to discuss your options further) then please get in touch to let me know your requirements and to book in your portrait . Please do mention if you have any specific deadlines, such as a birthday or anniversary, that you need your portrait by.
Please note I may have a wait list so I will confirm an estimated start date when you contact me.
Step 4 - Payment and next steps
When we have agreed upon reference photos, size and medium I will advise you of an estimated start date for your portrait and send you an invoice. I will ask you to confirm all details are correct and ask for a delivery address. The piece can be sent direct to the recipient if you wish - please do let me know if you would like to do this.
In order to secure your space, a non refundable 30% deposit is required. You are then welcome to make payments on the balance as you wish. Full payment must be received on or before completion of the portrait.
Secure payment options include PayPal and via online bank transfer.
Step 4 - Commission Process
The best part, The drawing of your portrait!
I will initially send you a line art sketch of the piece to ensure you are happy with the composition before starting to add all of the lovely details. Changes are easily made at this stage so please don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything you are unsure about.
Unless you have asked me to keep it as a surprise I will share updates with you as I work through the portrait - these are opportunities for you to see how your portrait is progressing and ask any questions you may have. I will also share updates on my social media channels unless you have asked me not to (for example if it is a gift)
Before I add my signature and mount your piece I will send you a final image to approve - at this stage minor changes may be possible.
The piece is then signed, mounted and lovingly packed ready to send to the delivery address you have requested.
You can also purchase greeting cards of your final piece - these are great if you are gifting the portrait. I can even hand write a little note inside if you are sending direct to the recipient.
Your piece will be presented in a clear, protective pocket, finished with a ribbon and wrapped in tissue paper. You will also receive a Certificate of Authenticity, business cards and a small thank you note inside.
Step 5 - Your portrait is on its way!
Your portrait will be shipped to the address provided within 2-3 working days of final approval. Portraits are shipped via Royal Mail First Class Signed for Service and UK postage costs are included in the prices shown (international postage costs are additional)
If you have any queries or feedback at this stage you can, of course, get in touch.
Customer reviews and testimonials are always welcome and if you have a picture of you with the portrait or showing it framed and hung I would love to see them!