fine art cat pet portraits by commission


Cat Portraits Commission Info

Welcome to our Cat Portraits Commission Information page! We have been working with clients all over the world creating cat portraits for them for 24 years. We would be delighted to work with you! If you would like to read about our process the information below should be a good start. If you have any further questions please do feel free to Contact Us at any time of if you have WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger you can contact us via those for an instant reply.

 

Step one - Photos

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To start the process, all we need are some good quality clear photos to work from of your cat. They need to capture your cats character and personality so that we can create the perfect likeness in the drawing or painting.

Email is the best way of sending photos, try not to reduce them in size as we really need the highest resolution, best quality photos you can provide. Send as many photos of your cat as you can so that we can choose the best to use as the basis of the portrait. Head over to our Cat Portraits Photography Tips page as this might give you a good insight into the kind of photos we like to work from.

Once we have received your photos, we create you a design using your photos so you can see what your portrait could look like. We create a mock-up , often to combine multiple photos if required. Although we work from one main photo for each pose, we can place two cats together in the same scene from separate photos with different backgrounds or toys.


Step Two - Deposits and Final Payment

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Once everything is arranged with the design and size of your portrait, a deposit is required to save your space in our commissions list. Overseas clients receive a secure invoice with a payment link. We accept all major debit and credit cards including Amex. For UK clients our preferred method of payment is bank transfer however we also accept debit and credit cards too. Clients can also call our studio to place their order over the telephone.

Once the deposit has been made, we add you to our private commissions list. We send you a link to this page which is only accessible to our clients. They can then watch their portraits mock-up rise in the list as the weeks go by.

When the portrait is about to go onto our easel or drawing board we will request the final payment. Clients will have been watching their portrait rise in the commission list up to this point. The final payment can be made in the same way as the deposit and must be completed before work starts.


Step Four - Framing & Engraved Plaques

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When the portrait is complete we email clients a final photo for approval. Portraits take between 1 to 2 weeks depending on the medium, size and complexity. Any tweaks can be made at this stage. If everything is OK your portrait is framed, if one has been ordered, along with the plaque and take more photos for you to see.

Our oil painting frames are handmade by professional craftsmen who taken a lot of time and care on them. Head over to our Framing Gallery to see previous commissions framed.

Our pencil drawings are frames by our wonderful framer Amanda who has an astonishing array of choice. So if you are looking for something in particular, just let us know.

We work with a wonderful engraver who engraves plaque too. These come in brush or mirrored finish in bronze or silver. The photo left shows the oil painting of Dudley framed, complete with an engraved plaque. Archie, the new kitten, is being watched over by Dudley.


Step Six - Packaging

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Our oil paintings or pencil drawings are always packed exceedingly well. Our artwork is sent far and wide and so they often have very long journeys. In our 24 years of sending portraits via courier we have yet to have any issues. So we must be doing something right!

To start the process all of our portraits are wrapped in cellophane. We then wrap the entire portrait in our foam wrap. Hardboard is placed it either side of the portrait and use handy-wrap around the circumference of the portrait to make sure everything stays in place. Another layer of foam-wrap and finally the portrait packed in a double walled cardboard box.

Our portraits are sent via courier on a fully tracked service. Most portraits arrive 4 days worldwide from the day it leaves the studio. If you have any questions take a look at our FAQ's below and if you need to get in contact don't hesitate to at any time. Email us for a Cat Portrait...


Pencil Portraits Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a cat portrait cost?

If you would like to find out how much our cat portraits cost, visit our princes and contact page in the top navigation. It also gives shipping prices, framing and gift voucher.

Where are you based?

We are based in West Wales UK and we have been accepting commissions for pet portraits of all animals worldwide for 22 years. We have worked with families in many countries all over the world painting and drawing their cats. We love hearing from people from all corners of the globe.

How long does a cat portrait take to complete?

Both Nicholas and myself have a commissions list for our pencil drawings and oil paintings so if you are looking for a cat portrait for a specific date please let us know as soon as possible. The actual drawing and painting time of your cat portrait can depend on how large the portrait is and whether it has a full background, multiple cats etc. However generally each painting and drawing can take anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks to create. Our artwork takes time to develop, nothing is rushed here in the studio and we work at our own pace to make sure we create the perfect cat portrait for you and your family.

Do you work from photos?

Yes, we work from one main photo for the pose of your cat portrait. We like to see as many photos as you have of your cats and we also love to hear stories about them too. If you are embarking on taking new photos of your cats for the painting or drawing, take a look at our photography tips page in our navigation as it might give you a good insight into the type of photographs we like to work from.

How do I send you my cat photos?

You can email us your photos, or you might like to upload them all to Dropbox. We use Dropbox quite a lot with our clients and find it a convenient way of sharing photos. We like to see your cat photos at the highest resolution you have them so that we can see all of the wonderful detail in your cats fur, eyes, markings etc.

Are you able to work from separate photos of my two cats?

Yes. Actually we prefer working from separate photos, particularly if you are having head studies of your cats, as it means we can see much more detail in the photos. We can often combine photos, so if you have two cats and you would like them sitting together, if the photos you have taken of your cats are from the same angle and have been taken in the same lighting, we can often place them together with the scene.

What mediums do you use?

We work in two mediums for our cat portraits - Pencil and Oil. Pencil Drawings are grey scale / black and white drawings. They are drawn on paper and must be framed under glass. Oil paintings are a wet medium, the portraits are painted using a brush and oil paint on Italian Linen canvas and can be framed without glass allowing the paint to breathe. Both mediums are very traditional and we hand paint and hand draw your cat portrait just like the old masters use to many years ago.

Can I see a design of the portrait before you start?

Yes! We create a design / mock up for all of our clients so that they can see what their pencil drawing or oil painting of their cat will look like. We use clients photos using Photoshop to design the portrait. So if, for instance you have two separate photos of your cats in the garden, we can put them together in a scene ourselves using our photo editing skills. We will email you a copy so that you can give us your feedback and let us know if the positioning is correct, the size relationship between etc cat is correct etc. It means that we can be sure that it is exactly what you would like before putting brush to canvas or pencil to paper.

Is it possible to see a scan of the portrait when its finished?

Yes! We photograph all of our cat portraits when they are complete and you will receive a watermarked version for your approval.

What if I would like changes made?

Once you have received the final photo of your cat portrait and you feel there needs to be some tweaks made, we are always happy to amend our portraits for you. The great thing about our process is that all of the oil paintings stages are emailed to our clients so they can view the portraits as they progress. This often alleviates the need for changes as clients are in contact the entire time watching the process of their portrait. Clients love to see their portraits develop and they get really excited when new stages are emailed.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept most forms of payment. Debit, credit card, American express via our payment provider Worldpay. We can set up installments for you as well as bank transfers. We have a secure online payment system whereby we email our clients a private link to their own payment page. We can also accept payment over the phone too, so you can call the studio at any time with your details.

When do I pay the deposit and final payment?

Once we have seen your photos and arranged the design of your cat portrait, we will then ask for a deposit. Your portraits mock up will then be added to our commissions list. Once your portrait has reached the top of the commissions list we will then email you a final payment link. All portraits must be paid in full before any work begins.

Do you offer framing for your cat portraits?

Yes! We work with a number of amazing framers who create the most exquisite frames for us. Visit our framing gallery in our top navigation to see some previous examples of our cat portraits framed.

How are the portraits packaged?

We pack our cat portraits safely and securely in hardboard, copious amount of foam wrap and a cardboard box. They are very safe and secure.

How are your portraits delivered?

We send all of our cat portraits via UPS or Parcelforce worldwide. They are shipped on an expedited service and you can find shipping prices on our prices and contact page.

Where do you create your portraits?

We create all of our cat portraits in our dedicated woodland studio in our garden. Take a look at our about us studio and materials page to see where we work on a daily basis!

 

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