fine art cat pet portraits by commission


Cat Portraits FAQ's

How much does a cat portrait cost?
Where are you based?
How long does a cat portrait take to complete?
Do you work from photos?
How do I send you my cat photos?
Are you able to work from separate photos of my two cats?
What mediums do you use?
Can I see a design of my cat portrait before you start?
Is it possible to see a scan of my cat portrait when its finished?
What if I would like changes made to my portrait?
What forms of payment do you accept?
When do I pay the deposit and final payment?
Do you offer framing for your cat portraits?
How are the portraits packaged?
How are the portraits delivered?
Can I find out more about you both?
Where do you create your cat portraits?
Cat I come and meet you?

 

How much does a cat portrait cost?

If you would like to find out how much our cat portraits cost, head over to our Cat Portraits Prices page where it gives a detailed list of our prices and sizes for the pencil drawings and the oil paintings. It also gives shipping prices and information about our cat portraits along with a step by step overview of the commissioning process.

 

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 Cat Portraits Photography Tips page 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. If you need any help in working out how to send your photos to us, please do drop us a line and we will be more than happy to help you!

 

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 Worldway. We can set up instalments 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. It is £200 deposit for a pencil drawing and £500 deposit for an oil painting. 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. Have a look at our framing page to see some of the more recent frames we have used for our cat portraits.

 

How are the portraits packaged?

We pack our cat portraits safely and securely in copious amount of foam wrap, hardboard and a cardboard box. If you would like to see step by step photos of the packing one of our cat portraits, pop over to our Follow a live commission page to see a cat portraits commission from the initial contact, right through to the packing stage.

 

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 cat portraits prices page.

 

Can I find out more about you both?

You can find out about Nicholas and myself (Melanie) by visiting our about us page, you can also read about our welsh cottage and its garden, our studio and the materials we use too.

 

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 studio page so you can see where we work on a daily basis!

 

Cat I come and meet you?

If you would like to arrange your cat portrait with us and would prefer to do this in person, we are always delighted to meet our clients. Visit our contact page for details of where we are based and email us to make arrangements. We look forward to working with you and creating a cat portrait for you and your family soon.


 

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Why not head on over to our Cat Portraits Framing page to see what kind of frame you might like to have for your cat portrait in oils and pencil!

 

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