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If you haven’t commissioned a pet portrait before, I’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide to help you through the process. If you have any questions, I am always happy to have an informal chat so please do contact me using the email or phone number at the top of the page or by using the contact form.

Step-by-step guide

1. Think about what size you would like your portrait to be. Consider where you might put it and how it will look in that position on the wall. Remember, the size listed is the image size so it will be several inches bigger once you have had it framed. Check out my handy price guide.

2.  Complete the form to commission a pet portrait and send me the details of your pet and any other relevant information (e.g. if it is a gift and is needed by a particular date).

3. I will be in touch to arrange payment of the deposit (just £20 to secure your place in my order book) and to request the photograph(s) of your pet.

4. Choose a good quality photograph of your pet that you feel captures their character for the portrait. Photographs should be taken outside in natural light if possible and should be at least 2MB with no blurring. Sending a few photos is a good idea so I can get a sense of your pet’s character, although I will normally just work from one image for the final painting. If you are not sure about which image to use, I will be more than happy to advise.

5. I will work out a composition with you based on the size portrait you have chosen. When you have agreed the composition, a payment of half the value of the portrait (minus your £20 deposit) is due.

6. If you need the finished portrait by a particular date, please let me know as soon as possible so I can try to complete it in time. Oil paints can take a long time to dry and it could be a week or two after the painting is finished before it is dry enough to transport. Please allow at least four weeks for the painting to be completed, preferably more if possible

7. I am happy to give you ‘work in progress’ updates as your portrait develops. Or you can wait until it’s complete to be surprised by the final version – it’s up to you!

8. The final balance payment is due after you have seen the photograph of the final painting but before collection/posting.

9. When the painting is complete you can either pick it up in person from my home in Ipswich or I can post it to you via Royal Mail. There will be a small extra charge for posting work and this will differ depending on size. See the Royal Mail postage guide for an idea of cost.

I hope this makes the process seem a little less daunting. I will be in touch throughout the process and am always happy to chat by email or phone!

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