I draw highly realistic portraits of pets from photographs. Interested in commissioning a portrait?

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Prices

8×10″ w/ White Background

$ 500

per subject

The price is for a head and shoulders portrait of one subject. The background will be left white. For an additional subject, please add $50.

11×14″ w/ White Background

$ 750

per subject

The price is for a head and shoulders portrait of one subject. The background will be left white. For an additional subject, please add $100.

16×20″ w/ White Background

$ 950

per subject

The price is for a head and shoulders portrait of one subject. The background will be left white. For an additional subject, please add $100.

Reference Photograph(s)

A high-resolution, in-focus photograph is the key to a detailed portrait. While I can work with photos that are not as high quality, the result will be “softer” and not as detailed.

Try to take a photo of your pet in natural light. The best light can often be found outside on a cloudy day or in the early morning or evening hours. The file size should be several megabytes in size. A photo taken by a smart phone may not be good enough. If you are not sure if your photo will work, feel free to email me, and I’d be happy to advise you.

If You Don’t Have An Ideal Photo

Sometimes it is not possible to get the perfect, high-quality photo, either because your pet has passed away, or you are planning a surprise for someone. I am able to work with photos that need some correction or need minor items removed. If you have any questions about your photo, please reach out to me and we can discuss what I can do.

Commissions

I would love the opportunity to draw your beloved pet or do a portrait for a friend or family member. All of my portraits are drawn from photographs.

Size

I am currently offering portraits in three sizes.

Small – 8×10″: This a nice size if you don’t have a lot of wall space. The reference photograph for an 8×10″ should be a detailed close-up of your pet’s head.

Standard – 11×14″: This a great size that can be placed into an 11×14″ frame or matted with a 2″ mat into a 16×20″ frame.

Large – 16×20″: This larger size will really make a statement and can be a better option if you are looking for a full body portrait or two pets together. This size can be placed into a 16×20″ frame or matted with a 2″ mat into a 20×24″ frame.

Portraits do not include mats or frames, but I am happy to offer recommendations for you. If you are interested in a specific size other than these, feel free to reach out to me and we can discuss what you are looking for.

Process

I will be in contact with you throughout the time period it takes me to draw the portrait. I will send you photos of my progress. At minimum, you’ll receive a photo of the complete pencil outline sketch before I proceed to the colored pencil, and at least two photos of the colored pencil portion in progress. I typically take these using my phone so the lighting may be a bit off, however I photograph each completed portrait with my Sony A6000 so you can get an accurate idea of what it looks like before I ship it.

Shipping

Shipping is additional and depends on your location. I prefer to ship via UPS or FedEx. In the U.S., it is typically about $15–$20. Please let me know where your portrait needs to be delivered. Each portrait is carefully packaged for shipping so that it will arrive in excellent condition.

If you are local to the Raleigh, North Carolina or Washington, DC areas, we can arrange to meet in person if you prefer.

Timeline

Each portrait takes approximately one month to complete. I will let you know the anticipated turnaround time when you contact me. I have a waitlist and portraits will be completed in the order they are placed. It’s never too early to think about the holidays!

Materials

I use Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils and a little white paint for highlights. My portraits are drawn on Strathmore archival paper.

Payment

To hold your spot on my waitlist, I ask for a 50% deposit up front. The remaining 50% will be due upon completion of the portrait. The cost of shipping is additional and will be billed upon completion as well. I take payment via Venmo, PayPal, Stripe (credit card), or Zelle.

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