I can be commissioned to produce bespoke original drawings of your beloved companion(s) – I hesitate to use the word ‘pet’ because animals are more than that to most people; they are part of the family. Because of this, a portrait makes a very special gift or a fabulous addition to your own home.
I draw the portrait using your photographs, and whilst they take many hours to do, I aim to keep them affordable by providing a range of different sizes to choose from. I will give you tips on taking photographs to make sure that the portrait is a great composition and as detailed as possible – it’s the small things that make up the characteristics of the animal. Before I get started on the drawing I will discuss with you which photograph to use and the composition that will work the best.
You can see examples below (click on the drawing to see more detail). Further examples can be found on the Animal Portrait page.
All drawings are produced on museum quality, Fine Art Trade Guild approved paper. The paper (including mount) is acid free and complies with the highest archival quality standards. All drawings are mounted using a window mount with an acid free back, and are wrapped in clear cellophane. By default a neutral white coloured mount board is used. All drawings are mounted to fit into standard size frames.
Animal portrait commissions start at £65 (for ‘pocket portraits’). Postage is typically between £7 and £11 (depending on the size of the artwork) and is additional. All drawings are sent by recorded delivery.
A 40% deposit is required upfront when commissioning the drawing. The remaining balance is due when the drawing is complete and before I post it out to you. I will update you as I go along, and I will also email over a photograph/scan of the final piece before it is sent.
“I was absolutely delighted by the portrait of my beloved cat Tarka. Kate took a lot of care and attention in making sure she had the right pictures to really capture Tarka’s unique personality. In terms of correspondence, I could not fault Kate. Emails were answered swiftly and with great care to make sure my queries were addressed. The actual picture was a masterpiece: Kate has such skill as an artist. I will most certainly be asking Kate to draw my other two cats to add to this one”.
“Absolutely amazing level of detail! – made a fantastic Christmas present and made us all cry. The sparkle in his eyes and the level of detail in every feature was amazing. Securely packaged and delivered safely. Can’t thank Kate enough for what she has drawn.”
“Thank you so much for the lovely portrait of Willow, my cat. You have really captured her! It was a wonderful surprise and I can’t wait to show it off”.
“I used Kate Priestman to draw a portrait of my Uncle’s dog Otto, for a Christmas present. Kate was very good at explaining what options I had regarding the layout of the drawing, how long it would take and the price. The result just blew us all away. It really is Otto on the drawing! Kate has done an amazing job, capturing his fur, look and personality perfectly from the photo. He has now taken the prime spot above the mantelpiece in their living room”.