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What to Consider When Hiring a Pet Portrait Artist
Using my tips for capturing the perfect pet picture, you should be able to secure a great shot for your pet portrait. Once you have the shot you like, you can start researching artists. There are many of us out there, which is the reason why I’m writing this article. Questions you want to answer while researching a portrait artist are: Where is the artist located; Is the artist able to create a portrait in the style you like; How long will it take to complete; and of course How much is this going to cost?
Where is the artist located?
Each artist has their own particular style and strong points, so it’s best to keep your searches moderately open in order to net the artist that best fits your needs.Is the artist able to create a portrait in the style you like? Once you’ve found an artist in or around your location, you’re definitely going to want to see his or her work, and possibly read referrals of previous customers. By doing this, you’re making sure to select someone who not only can get the job done, but also get it done without any problems. When viewing potential artist’s work, keep in mind the type of art work you’d like. Art basically comes in two forms: realistic and abstract. Realistic is exactly what it says, and abstract takes certain liberties. So, do you want a portrait to look exactly like your pet, or would you be happy with an artist creating his or her own rendition of your pet? If you want the former, make sure that the artists you look at specialize in this type of work; hiring an artist that doesn’t specialize in the style you’re looking for could end with you being unhappy with the end result. Make sure that you also ask your artist what media (paint, pencil, charcoal, etc.) he or she is comfortable with as well. If your artist showcases mostly pencil art work and you’re shopping for a painting, you might want to reconsider hiring him or her.
How much is this going to cost?
In these trying times, this might be your first concern. Prices range from artist to artist based on a variety of different factors, some of which being price of material, shipping costs, and of course the artist’s personal fee. Many artists will require a non-refundable deposit which is also set based on the artist’s whim. The reason why we as artists require a nonrefundable deposit can best be explained by the following alogy: Say you are making or supplementing your income by means of selling your own art work. Someone commissions you for a piece but then after you complete the project the customer changes his mind. If you are lucky you will eventually be able to sell the piece, but more often than not, you’re stuck with it. Now you’re out the cost of the materials and the time it took for you to complete the work. A deposit functions as a security for artists. By paying the deposit you are telling the artist you’re serious about the work, and the artist does not suffer as large a loss if you back out or are not satisfied for any reason.
How to Order
When placing your order, you will be asked to pay for only 20% of the price as a deposit. You
will pay the rest only after reviewing your order and confirming it. The portrait prices do not
include the cost of shipping & insurance of $19 per portrait.
Step 1: You upload the photo that you want to turn into a painting, choose type and size, and pay only a 20% advance payment.
Step 2: After I have completed your hand painted portrait, I will email a picture of the portrait so you may review the painting and approve.
If you request modifications I will modify your hand painted portrait according to your suggestions. I will email you to review the modifications.
Step 3: You confirm the hand painted portrait via email. When confirming your painting, you will proceed to pay the balance.
Step 4: Your hand painted portrait will be shipped by FedEx Ground in the US to the address you have provided. International shipping costs will be determined at the time of shipment.
Portrait Sizes and Prices
19" x 25" $375
Add $200 for each extra Pet in same portraits.
24" x 36" $550 (Oil only)
Add $250 for each extra Pet in same portraits.
For custom sizes please contact me for a quote.
A 20% deposit is required with the order. I will email you with pictures of the progress of the portrait and upon final approval the balance will be due. As soon as I receive the final payment your portrait will be shipped to you insured with delivery confirmation. Personal checks and money orders accepted or you may pay for your purchase with PayPal by clicking on the PayPal button. Ordering with PayPal is secure and if you do not have a PayPal account you will be walked through the process.