If you haven’t already done so, please read the page on how to commission your portrait, which will tell you all about the process of ordering your portrait and what I will need from you.
Below you’ll find answers to other commonly asked questions, but if your question isn’t covered please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to have a chat. The pencil portraits, oil portraits and watercolour portraits pages also contain more specific information about ordering a portrait in these various mediums, and what makes a good portrait in each case.
commissioning your portrait
What is your waiting time?
This varies a lot depending on the time of year and on my commitments – the contact page will give you current estimates. It’s always a good idea to get in touch as soon as possible so that we can start discussing which photos I will work from, and please bear in mind that paintings will take longer than pencil drawings to complete and so may require extra time. Christmas is always the busiest period, so don’t leave a commission until December – ideally, contact me by October.
I'm not sure which photo to choose - can you help?
Can you make a composite portrait of two (or more) people or animals, from different photos?
I only have hard copies and not digital photos - can you work from these?
Do you offer pastels or coloured pencil portraits, or charcoal sketches?
I'd like to get a partially clothed or nude portrait done, would you consider that?
I first learned to draw in ‘life drawing’ classes from the naked model, so I have no problem with a tasteful nude drawing – as long as it’s not too ‘X’ rated! I’d obviously treat the reference photographs with great discretion and delete them fully afterwards. You can find an example of a nude study in the pencil gallery. Please note though that this type of life drawing doesn’t really work at a small scale. The minimum size would be A3 size (29.7 x 42 cm/
11.7 x 16.5) for a head-to-waist portrait, or A2 size (42 x 59.4 cm/ 16.5” x 23.4”) for a full body drawing (even reclining)
Do you take commissions from outside of the UK?
Will I be able to see the portrait before you send it to me?
Do you offer a discount if I order multiple portraits?
When do I pay, and what are the guarantees?
Pencil portraits: I don’t usually require any deposit for a pencil portrait, unless the order is very large. When the portrait is nearly finished you will received a scan of it by email, giving you the opportunity to let me know what you think and if there’s anything you’d like me to alter. Once you have decided you are completely happy with it, you then send through your payment, and once this is received and cleared I will send your portrait out to you. This way you only need to pay when you know exactly what you are getting! It hasn’t happened yet, but if you are not completely happy with the scan of your portrait and I can’t fix it for you, you don’t have to buy it. Likewise if you receive your portrait and are not happy you can return it for a full refund.
Oil and watercolour: For oil and watercolour paintings, a deposit of 35% is required, to be cleared before I start work on your portrait. However if you really aren’t happy with your finished portrait and wish to return it, then your deposit will be refunded.
For further terms and conditions please click here.
Can I get an extra copy of my portrait?
receiving your portrait
Do portraits come framed?
How are portraits packaged and will mine be safe in the mail?
Will the portrait appear on the website?
I’m very grateful when customers allow me to display their portraits, however I understand that some people prefer not to. For portraits of people, I will always ask permission first – when you commission your portrait I’ll ask you to let me know if you’d rather that your portrait didn’t appear on the website (I don’t have to display the name of the subject – sometimes people are happy for their portrait to appear but like to have an alias)
Can you supply me with a high-res scan of my portrait?
If you want a high resolution digital image of your portrait to get your own printed copy made or to send to a relative for example, I can supply you with a copy. A £10-20 charge will apply depending on the size of the portrait to cover the work involved in splicing and blending together the scans using Photoshop.
I’m happy for you to reproduce a scan of your portrait however you want – you can read the terms and conditions page for full details.