The Commission Process

This page is to show you the process of designing a portrait, as well as what you can expect from me during it.

The process started when I was contacted by a client, asking for a picture of her dog. We started by looking at the photos she had on her phone.

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She wasn't sure what she wanted, so I sketched up what the different options were and emailled them to her to have a look at. These were the final 2 choices, a bigger A4 composition with some of Evie's body in it or an A5 one with just a face.

In the end she settled on A4.

Once we'd settled on a composition and the deposit (20%) I could start work.

I began by selecting the right pastelmat to start with. It comes in a variety of colours and picking the right background can make all the difference. I often like to work on white pastelmat and put my own base layers on - which is what I chose to do here. I used watercolour markers to add a bright lively blue to back the black (black actually contains a lot more colour than you think).

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Ok so I know it looks scary......and very blue; but it makes for an excellent base and brings life to the black in the top coat. Trust me!

Once I'd put the top layers on and I was 80% finished, I send a progress picture to check the colours. There was a brown area on her face that is more or less visible in some pictures than others, and I wanted to make sure all the details of what makes Evie, Evie were there (something only a family member could tell me).

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Her owner loved the picture, but said that yes, she does have a brown moustache. We discussed what colour of brown would be accurate (ginger, milk chocolate etc). With that extra information I was able to finish the picture properly.

Because this was being hand delivered (possible in the Eastbourne - Worthing area), I could mount the picture, wrap it in a plastic sleeve and hand it over! She was really pleased with the end result and gave it as a gift to her husband.

If they're being posted,  I don't put the pictures in mounts - you can have one if you want, but it would be extra postage. The images are then packed with card and bubble wrap and sent recorded delivery. To be delivered safely to your door!

Finally, I'd love any feedback from you. I'm particularly happy to get photos of the picture with the pet, with the pictures new owner, or up on the wall :)

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