How long will my commission take?
I only work on commissions for a few hours at a time, as they take immense concentration, then study them for a while to ensure that a likeness is achieved, then work on them some more. Please allow at least two months for your commission, but this may be longer at busy times such as in the middle of the Summer when I am also out and about at shows, or appoaching Christmas.
Are you able to add additional animals from different photos?
Yes, if they are good clear copyright free photos.
Am I able to commission 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 a very personal choice. Works in a mount are sized to fit standard frames. Works on canvas require professional framing. Framers can offer expert guidance in choosing just the right moulding for your work from the immense selection out there and let you see mitred corners in place. You can then get your commission finished off just as you would like.
Are you able to send portraits outside the UK?
Not at present, though I hope to in the future.
Which mediums do you use?
My coloured pencils are mainy Faber Castell Polychromos which suit certain animals and are finished with a fixative spray. British made Derwent pastel pencils are my choice for pastel work usuallly on Pastelmat paper which I find gives the best results. Regarding paints I use artists's quality Daler Rowney Cryla as this is very versitle: it can be used on many surfaces and in a variety of styles to achieve very different results. When used on canvas the work is finished with a matt or clear acrylic varnish so that it may be gently cleaned with a damp cloth.
Which styles or formats may I choose from?
I use standard canvases which these days come in a variety of shapes and sizes., such as circular, oval, panoramic or deep-edged. Panoramic allows for a number of heads in a row or a horse and cart/carriage/plough. Canvases may also be linen (grey) or cotton (white). A visit to an Art Shop which sells canvases can give you a good idea of some of the sizes and shapes.
Work on board or paper can be designed to fit a mount with an oval aperture instead of a rectangle and can be flexible in sizes and proportions.