It would be a pleasure to create an illustration of your beloved dog, cat, other pet, house or human, in my own unique, quirky style.
These illustrations are designed to have character….to tell a story, giving you a unique portrait, for you to treasure.
How does it work?
I either work from my imagination, or a photograph, depending on the type of painting I'm doing!
For a house portrait, I work from a photograph and create a bright, fun and illustrative version of your house. These are A4 sized and cost £45 to £50 plus postage.
For a pet portrait, I work from a photograph and create an expressive watercolour piece, which may also use other mediums, such as ink or acrylic. These are A5 sized and cost:
A5 painting only - £50 plus postage
A5 painting plus double mount - £60 plus postage ( in complimentary colours to be discussed - frame required would be A4 sized)
A5 painting, plus double mount and A4 frame - £70 plus postage (in a choice of colours, with perspex instead of glass)
For my other illustrations, then let my imagination take you on an incredible journey...Bedlington Terrier dogs are my speciality, as some of you already know!
These illustrations are unique, because they’re produced from my imagination. Therefore the concept development takes just as much time as the completion of the drawing. I will ask for photos of your pet, which especially shows their character and personality, and ask for more information about them, especially if it relates to how the idea is forming in my mind.
If you already have ideas of what you’re looking for in the illustration, then please let me know.
I then make notes, based upon what you’ve told me, the photos or videos you have sent to me, and let my imagination do the work. This can take some time - once an idea forms in my mind, which can be immediate - then I sketch it out. Equally, the idea can take a little time to form in my imagination, and I need to allow my imagination the time and space to conjure up the quirky images I draw.
I’ll update you with photos of my sketches, and you can give me your thoughts, which then allows the idea to develop further. You can have as much or as little input as you wish. The concept stage will likely involve several sketches for the more detailed illustrations.
Once we have agreed on the final composition of the illustration, then it is time for me to draw it at your chosen size.
The drawing will be completed on a 100% cotton, acid free, archival quality watercolour paper. I currently use Arches and Canson Moulin Du Roy.
I use Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour, which is lightfast and of archival quality, and may also use Faber Castell Albrecht Durher Watercolour pencils.
I use Faber Castell Indian Ink Pitt Pens, which are of archival quality.
How much are your commissions?
As I am not reproducing a photograph for these illustrations, it is not easy to price these based upon just time, or just size. As a guideline, pricing is as follows:
A SIMPLE ILLUSTRATION
This can include more than one pet or person, without any characterisation - A6, A5, A4 or A3 sized:
Prices range from £25 to £100, depending on number of pets, people and size chosen.
A CHARACTER ILLUSTRATION
This can include more than one pet or person, completing a simple activity, without any background scenery - A6, A5, A4 or A3 sized:
Prices range from £40 to £150, depending on number of pets or people and size chosen.
A COMPLEX CHARACTER ILLUSTRATION
This can include more than one pet or person, completing an activity, with some basic scenery - A4 or A3 sized:
Prices range from £70 to £250 depending on size, number of pets or people and complexity.
A FULL COMPLEX CHARACTER ILLUSTRATION
This can include more than one pet, person, and full background scenery - A4, A3 or 26x51cm (14x20 inches):
Prices range from £200 to £500 depending on size, number of pets or people and complexity.
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT?
I have completed a variety of other illustrations and paintings, from pets taken from photos, to illustrations in the shape of letters or pawprints - here are some examples. If you're looking for something a little different, just email me here or send a message via chat. Prices do vary depending on what you're looking for and the size. They make fantastic wedding or engagement gifts, unique Birthday and Christmas gifts, as well as memorial illustrations for human and furry loved ones. A5, A4 or A3 sized.
For Example: A4 Pawprint £45
How do I make payment?
Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message on Instagram, Facebook or Whatsapp, giving me an idea of what you’re looking for. I will then be able to give you a price after discussing the concept with you.
I will then send you an invoice, and after payment is made, you can start to send videos, photos and information about your pets. Full payment is required before I start your illustration.
How long does it take?
The process is not linear, as I’m not drawing from a photograph (apart from drawings of houses). It relies on my imagination to create these pieces. If you have a deadline, please let me know and I will let you know if this is something I can do. This also allows me to continue the day to day running of my online shop.
What if I decide I would like more detail to my drawing once you’ve started?
That’s ok - if you wish for me to include more detail, you can upgrade your drawing, and I will send an invoice for the difference before continuing.
Do you ship overseas?
Yes, I ship overseas.
For European orders, I will create you a private listing for you in my Etsy shop.
For all other overseas orders, I will create an invoice via Paypal
Where can I see examples of your work?
Examples of my work are on my website, and I regularly post reels, stories and photos on Instagram. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter also:
How are your commissions posted?
For smaller pieces, all items are posted in either a large letter hardboard box or hardback envelope.
For larger, A3 pieces, or 26x51cm, then these are posted in large diameter, heavy duty postal tubes, or secured flat with card, depending on Royal Mail size restrictions when posting to your country.
What is the cost of postage?
For UK orders, you will be charged the cost of Tracked 24 for items under £100, and Royal Mail Special Delivery for items over £100, which will be circa £9.
For overseas orders, you will be charged Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed, which is dependent on weight, size and location.
If for any reason Royal Mail are not shipping overseas at anytime, I will use DHL express.
Can I purchase additional prints, greeting cards and other gift items from your range, which feature my illustration?
Yes, your illustration will be permanently available to buy on all of my items. Please note that I may have to crop full scene designs for some items.
If you allow me to use your design, to be included as part of my standard range, for sale to the general public, then you will receive a discount code which you can use indefinitely if you purchase your own illustration on any of my gift items.
Do you complete commissions all year round?
November and December are busy times with the day to day running of my online shops. If you're looking for a Christmas gift, then please book in as early as possible, as I can't guarantee my availability in November and December.