you work from photographs
A. I work from good
quality photographs, this gets the most accurate
results and avoids the sitter getting bored! It
also helps to keep my prices reasonable. I do
like to meet the subject if possible, and I
really need a selection of sharp photos not just
the one you want the portrait to depict. I am
quite happy to work from either digital pictures
by email or memory stick.
Q. What are
they produced in?
A. Most of the
examples of my work are drawn in graphite pencil
and fine grade colour pencil, this is absolutely
the best medium for me to show the fine detail
characteristic of my style. However if you want
a piece in a different media I am happy to
discuss your ideas.
Q. How long
does it take?
A. The highly
detailed portraits I produce can be time
consuming taking an average of 40 hours each,
with my larger pictures taking sometimes 150
hours or more. In terms of delivery time I like
to allow 3 to 6 weeks
Q. Is there a
waiting list? How soon can I get a picture?
A. I do have a
diary and I have to allow each picture a time
slot to be produced and then time to return and
refine, Certain times of year, especially
September to December, are very busy so if you
want your picture to be ready for a specific
date then book early! A slot in my diary isn’t
secured until I receive your deposit.
Q. Can you do a
picture for a special occasion or as a
A. Yes, a lot of my
work is commissioned as a present but please
give me details so that I can help you keep the
secret and ensure timely delivery. I am also
hoping to offer gift vouchers soon.
Q. What if I
want more than one subject in the same
A. This is no
problem, I can put two or more animals, people
or a mixture of the two on one picture. You
don’t even need to have a photograph of them
together I can work from separate photos.
Q. When do you
need the photos?
A. I don’t need the
photos immediately when you book, if you choose
to supply photos I will agree a date when you
must supply the photos. If I am taking the
photos I will arrange an appointment in good
time. Please note that failure to supply photos
as agreed may lead to forfeiting your deposit.
need to take photographs of the subject to
work from I take £50 - £150 up front. The
amount is at my discretion according to
location and time involved. This charge will
be part of the total cost of the finished
piece of art. The photography part is a none
refundable part of the process towards the
final piece of art where I include travel,
time and expertise in acquiring what I need.
You are not required to go ahead with the
commission after this stage.
|Q. I’m not a
very good photographer, what should I do?
can take the photographs for you, in fact I
prefer to. But you get the final say on which
photos we use. I will quote a price for this
service when you commission a picture.
Q. Can you frame the
picture for me?
A. Yes, this is
something you can decide at the start or go
away and think what frame design would best
suit your taste. If you don’t want the picture
framing then let me know at some point before
I am ready to finish the picture. Framing is
not included in the price unless specifically
Q. Can you do
A. Yes, I am
always looking for exciting new ideas! If you
would like a picture of anything you don’t see
here let me know, I might be able to offer a
special rate for new ideas.
should I do if I want to commission a picture?
A. Speak to me in
person or contact me by e-mail or phone to
discuss your requirements. I have order forms
available but these are two way agreements and
we need to ensure that your individual needs
much is a portrait?
A. It depends upon
the size and complexity of the picture (see
above). A price has to be agreed after we have
discussed your requirements. The price list at
the top of the page is a starting point for each
do I pay?
A. Cash or
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I accept payment by card machine upon collection
of work or out at shows.
Q. Do I need to
pay a deposit?
A. At the point of
booking my services to produce the piece of art
I like to take a 30% deposit. Once you have paid
your deposit I will book you a slot in my diary.
The date may change if there is a hold up in
relevant source material or a change of mind
when due to start work. The balance does not
need to be paid until completion.
Please remember I take an amount for photography
if my services are needed rather than
using your supplied photographs. This amount is
part of the total work involved in producing a
Q. What is a
A. A Wikipedia
explanation of Giclée is best to explain! Please
be aware I now include Artist's Proof (A/P), in
my prints for sale. If you see e.g. A/P1 instead
of e.g. 21/195 you are looking at the early test
prints that are worth more to collectors. I have
been very impressed by the quality, Giclée is definitely as good
as older printing press process. I don't always
sell the right sizes at art fairs for clients so
Q. How do I get
in touch with you?
A. Preferably by
email to my Belper studio: