The Process


What happens first?

After receiving your deposit, approving your photos and deciding on the size of your pet’s portrait I will begin work. The first thing I do is make a black and white copy of the original photo, then a second black and white photo with a grid.  I will use all three photos as reference while working on the drawing. *If I am already working on another portrait when you contact me I will make you aware of the situation.  As soon as the previous portrait is completed I will email you that I am ready to begin your portrait.  

What do you use?

Papers:  I currently use Canson Drawing Paper. Pencils: I work with Derwent Graphic Pencils, Kimberly Pencils, Prismacolor Ebony and on occasion charcoal. You can read more about what I use on the “My Tools” page.  

How long will it take?

The time it takes for each drawing varies.  Most drawings take at least 80 hours, some take even longer.  Please be patient and if the portrait is a gift be sure to commission it at least a month prior to the occasion.  I may from time to time take photos of the progress and post them in the blog area “Scribbles” as a work in progress. I use the grid method for the layout of all my drawings which helps maintain the correct positioning and proportions of your pet.  

What happens when it’s finished?

Once I finish the portrait I will take a photograph of it for you to review. If there are no changes needed and you give final approval, I will then spray the portrait with a fixative. The fixative helps to prevent any smudging of the graphite.   It is recommended that you do not touch the finished portrait as the natural oils in your skin could potentially leave marks on the drawing paper. I will scan the finished portrait in order to keep a print in my portfolio and to use on my website. Final payment is expected after you approve the finished drawing. Once I receive your final payment, your pet’s portrait will be packaged and shipped to you.  

How do I care for my pet’s portrait?

Graphite drawings need to be protected in order for them to last. Your drawing needs to be matted and framed behind glass.  You do not want the glass to touch the drawing, so a good mat is a necessity. You should keep your portrait out of direct sunlight and avoid high humidity.  

The Final Portrait – Legalities

The finished portrait will remain copyrighted to me. To that end, I will use the scan/photograph of your pet’s portrait for my online portfolio as well as a printed version to keep in my personal portfolio. Your pet’s portrait is for personal use only and you cannot reproduce it or use it for personal financial gain.    

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