Every commission work that comes to me is a blessing. A chance to get to know people and their beloved pets. I like to think of them as best friends. I take on the great responsibility of expressing not only their uniqueness but their "true" colors.
If you are interested in commissioning a portrait of your best friend please give me a call. I would love to hear from you.
Here is how to go about it.
We start with your images of your best friend. The greater the detailed photos the more of their character I can capture. Images are a vignettes( head and shoulder) of your pet. I collect 1/2 the payment up front. I will then sketch your pet onto an 18" x 20" sanded pastel paper. The image will fill most of the paper leaving room for framing. Depending on the color of the pet I may use a black or clay colored background. I pick the best color based on your specific pet. I then use my style to create a like image. Your pet art will be in deep bold colors just like the examples below. I send you images of the finished art. Don't worry. I guarantee your satisfaction. I then carefully package your art and ship to you ready to go to the framers.
How much does does a commission cost?
Most work is a vignette of your single pet. An 18" x 20" vignette of your one pet costs $650 plus shipping. Each additional vignette of a pet is an additional $350. Pricing for larger work is determined on an as desired basis. Let's discuss your ideas. Please call me at (505) 303-0283
How long does does it take?
The lead time on most work is 4 - 6 weeks.
How do I frame pastels?
A pastel work will last as long as an oil painting but requires to be protected behind glass. A framer will use a special technique to frame your art. This special framing is required to keep the pastel medium from touching and transferring to the glass.
How do I choose a good photo of my pet?
Choose a photo that is clear, close, in focus and in color.
Choose a facial expression you like. It is not possible to change facial expressions.
The angle of you photo (the perspective the viewer sees) will be the same in your portrait as in the photograph.
The face should take up most of the image so getting close to the pet is better. Enlarging a photo taken from far away will not work.
If you can see eyelashes in the photo then it is probably clear enough.
Taking your own photo
Use a good digital camera. Don't use a phone camera as it distorts the image. Use a tripod and position your camera until it is slightly higher than eye level with the pet. Take many photos from different angles. Try to get both eyes in the photo.
Contact Holly for more information and details.
email@example.com or (505) 303-0283
"I would like to introduce to you Chubby. His best friend is Simone. They love to go on trail rides with the horses. He watches over the farm and keeps everyone in line." - Holly