Frequently Asked Questions
- How long will my commission take?
As I work on commissions for a few hours at a time then study them to ensure that a likeness is achieved, before working some more, please allow at least two months for your commission but this may be longer at busy times.
- Are you able to add additional animals from different photos?
Yes, if the clarity of the images is sufficient.
- Am I able to have a portrait of an animal that has passed away?
Yes, if you have some nice clear photos.
- Are you able to frame my portrait?
I don't offer framing as it is very personal. This enables you to complement your commission with a frame of your choice.
- Can you send portraits outside the UK?
Not at present, though I hope to in the future.
- Which mediums do use?
I occasionally use artists' quality coloured pencils (mainly Faber Castell Polychromos) which suit certain animals and finished with a fixative spray. My pastel pencils are mainly Derwent and I find I get the best results when used on Pastelmat paper. With regard to paint this is usually artists' quality acrylic paint (Daler Rowney Cryla) as this is very versitile, it can be used on a variety of surfaces and can be used in different styles to acheive very different results, yet it still enables me to add detail. When used on canvas the work is finished with a matte acrylic varnish, so that it may be cleaned by gently wiping with a damp cloth.
- Which styles/formats can I choose from?
I use standard canvases, but these days they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition to rectangular, narrow (to be framed) or deep (which need not be framed), there are circular, oval and panoramic canvases. The panoramic proportion may suit a number of heads in a row, or horse and cart/carriage/plough. Work on canvas is usually painted in an oil style. Canvases are also available in linen (grey) or cotton.
Work on board or paper can be designed for an oval mount instead of a rectangular one and can be flexible in sizes and proportions.