If you would like to commission your own digital watercolour of your best friend or best friends 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 watercolour. 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!
Below is a guide to Photo Quality, Composites, Turn Around and Prices. You can commission your watercolour at the bottom of this page.
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, just send them anyway and I will let you know if they are okay or not. 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 to 2 weeks
£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.
£39.95 - Supplied in the UK as a print. I print to high quality hammered white textured parchment using high pigment inks at size A4 (approx. 5mm margin) and post Royal Mail 1st Class to the UK, Guernsey and Jersey.
£49.95 (approx. $63 / €56) - Supplied worldwide as a print. I print to high quality hammered white textured parchment using high pigment inks at size A4 (approx. 5mm margin) and post Royal Mail International Standard