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
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. $55 / €45) - High quality 120gsm hammered white textured parchment at A4 (slight margin or edge fade). High absorption parchment gives a less saturated but more authentic watercolour reproduction.
A3 Poster Print - £49.95* (approx. $69 / €57) - Superb 225gsm matt or gloss photo paper printed at international standard size A3 (11¾" x 16½" / 297mm x 420mm) with a wide colour gamut and high ink loads.
A2 Poster Print - £59.95* (approx. $82 / €67) - Superb 225gsm matt or gloss photo paper printed at international standard size A3 (11¾" x 16½" / 297mm x 420mm) with a wide colour gamut and high ink loads.
UK, Guernsey and Jersey - FREE - Shipped Royal Mail First Class
International - £10* - (approx. $14 / €12) on Textured Parchment or £20* - (approx. $27 / €23) on A3 & A2 Prints - Shipped Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed.
* All prices are fully inclusive of labour and VAT.