Below you will find everything you need to know about what it costs and how it works:
Square portraits—oil, watercolor/colored pencil, pastel, etc.:
10 x 10 = $250
12 x 12 = $300 Minimum size for a two-pet portrait*
14 x 14 = $350
16 x 16 = $400 Minimum size for a three-pet portrait*
18 x 18 = $475
20 x 20 = $550
24 x 24 = $725
30 x 30 = $1,050
36 x 36 = $1,450
40 x 40 = $1,750
Rectangle portraits—oil, watercolor/colored pencil, pastel, etc.:
8 x 10 = $250
11 x 14 = $300 Minimum size for a two-pet portrait*
12 x 16 = $350
16 x 20 = $475 Minimum size for a three-pet portrait*
18 x 24 = $575
22 x 28 = $775
24 x 30 = $875
24 x 36 = $1,025
30 x 40 = $1,350
36 x 40 = $1,600
*For more than one pet in a portrait, add $100 per additional pet to the prices above.
Mosaics are a passion of mine, and every once in a while a client requests a mosaic portrait. A mosaic portrait is much more time-consuming to create than a painting, and therefore much more expensive. You can see examples of my mosaic pet portraiture here, here, and here. Prices are as follows.
Mosaic tile (glass or ceramic) on wood:
18 x 18 = $600
18 x 24 = $725
24 x 24 = $850
***MOST-WANTED BREED DISCOUNT***
I have compiled a list of 30 breeds that I most want to paint. If you are the first client to commission me to paint one of these 30 breeds, I'll give you a 15% discount. Details can be found here.
Here's how it works:
Step 1. You review my price list above and determine a size/price that fits your budget.
Step 2. You contact me to let me know you'd like to commission a portrait.
Step 3. I send you an order form/contract to review and fill out.
Step 4. You complete it and send it back to me, along with a 50% deposit.
Step 5. You supply me with one or more good quality photos of your pet. You may e-mail me the photos if they are digital, or snail mail paper photographs to me (which I'll scan and return to you).
Step 6. I talk to you about your pet, as well as what you have in mind for the background of the portrait. Some clients have very specific ideas as to color, etc. Others let me decide and suprise them.
Step 7. I use the photos and first work out a digital composition in Photoshop. If the portrait involves more than one pet from different photographs, I usually show the client my digital sketch to verify that I have the size/proportion of the pets correct.
Step 8. I pick up a pencil and draw the pet(s). I love this part!
Step 9. I transfer the drawing to canvas, watercolor paper, bristol, whatever and then complete the full-color portrait.
Step 10. I photograph the portrait and email you a JPEG proof. This is the nerve-wracking part, as I want my clients to love the portraits immediately! Usually, they do; but sometimes, a few tweaks are necessary. I allow up to three rounds of revisions at no charge.
Step 11. I wait for the painting to dry. For oil paintings, this can take up to a few weeks, depending on weather conditions.
Step 12. You send me the balance due on the portrait + any shipping charges.
Step 13. When the painting is dry and the check/Paypal payment has cleared, I varnish the portrait and ship it to you.
Step 14. You enjoy the portrait forever!