If you would like to commission your own digital portrait it is a very simple process. All you need to do is email me a few of your favourite, great quality photos of your pet and I will get back to you with a proof so you can decide if you like your portrait. If you do we can arrange delivery, either digitally or as a print; if you don't then no problem, there is no obligation to purchase unless you love it!
In order to create a beautiful digital watercolour I need a good quality photograph to work from, I blow them up huge and then zoom right in to brush the fine detail. Photos taken with a modern smartphone are absolutely fine as far as resolution is concerned but also consider the composition; we are going for:
• Good resolution; modern smartphone quality is fine
• In sharp focus; no blurring with nice clear edges
• In good lighting; no direct light source behind the subject
• Pet in shot; no cropping of head, ears or shoulders off the sides of the photo
If you are in doubt about the suitability of your photos email them to me and I will let you know if they are suitable. It is often helpful to send me a few photos to choose from so I can select the one that will give the best results, also I can sometimes composite the best part of different photos together.
MULTIPLE DOGS FROM SEPARATE PHOTOS
I can create a composite making one digital watercolour of multiple pets from separate photographs, this is a wonderful way of having past loves and current pets in the same space and time. There is a £10 surcharge per additional pet for this to cover the extra work involved (e.g. a composite of 3 dogs would have a £20 surcharge).
There are certain conditions that your photographs must meet in order to 'sell' the composite so it doesn't look like a collage of pets that obviously don't exist in the same space, these are:
• Each photo must be exceptional quality
• Consistency of composition; each pet must be shot from the same angle and the same distance
• Pet in shot; no cropping at all off the sides of the photo for each pet
Again, if you are unsure about the suitability of your photos just send them anyway and I will let you know if they will make a convincing composite.
The lead time from order to proof depends greatly on the time of year and my workload. If you are considering commissioning a digital watercolour for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary then please contact me with your deadline and I will try to accommodate where possible. I will keep the turnaround below as accurate as possible, however, it is just a guide.
CURRENT TURNAROUND: 1 week
Digital - £29.95* (approx. $38 / €34)- Supplied worldwide as a digital image by email for the customer to arrange printing locally. These digital watercolours will print as a poster at high quality up to 20 inches along the longest axis. Prints to a canvas at up to 35 inches with no visible loss of quality.
Textured Parchment - £39.95* (approx. $56 / €46) - High quality 120gsm hammered white textured parchment at A4 (8.3" x 11.7" / 210mm x 297mm) with either a slight margin or edge fade. High absorption parchment gives a less saturated but more authentic watercolour reproduction.
A3 Poster Print - £49.95* (approx. $70 / €58) - Superb 225gsm matt or gloss photo paper printed at international standard size A3 (11.7" x 16.5" / 297mm x 420mm) with a wide colour gamut and high ink loads.
A2 Poster Print - £59.95* (approx. $83 / €70) - Superb 225gsm matt or gloss photo paper printed at international standard size A2 (16.5" x 23.4" / 420mm x 594mm) with a wide colour gamut and high ink loads.
A1 Poster Print - £69.95* (approx. $97 / €81) - Superb 225gsm matt or gloss photo paper printed at international standard size A1 (23.4" x 33.1" / 594mm x 841mm) with a wide colour gamut and high ink loads.
UK Mainland - FREE - Shipped Royal Mail First Class
Outside UK Mainland - £10* - (approx. $14 / €12) on Textured Parchment or £16* / (approx. $22 / €18) on A3 & A2 Prints - Shipped Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed.
* All prices are fully inclusive of labour and VAT.