From choosing a photo to caring for your portrait - all your questions answered!
What photos do I need to provide for the portrait?
The better the photo, the better the final portrait will be. Your photo is a substitute for a live sitting, so the quality is very important.
Close up photos where the detail is sharp are ideal. Digital photos are the easiest and best option to get a fantastic end result.
Downloaded photos and selfies are generally too pixelated to work from. Photos from too far away or where the detail is blurry are very challenging to work from.
I have several photos of different people – can you combine them into one portrait?
Absolutely – this is one of the best ways to achieve a great portrait as everyone will be posing well for the camera – getting several children to look in the same direction and smile is a near impossible feat!
Theresa's Top Tips
If you are commissioning a portrait of your own child, do a little photoshoot! Take some clear pictures in reasonable light, with your children wearing what you'd like them to!
I only have printed copies of my photos – how do I get them to you?
I would strongly recommend getting copies of your photos made to post to me. Ask you photo developer to make a copy at least 5” x 7”. If you post the originals to me, I will take care of them as if they were my own, but I can’t guarantee the postal service will be as careful.
How many photos do you need?
Send me as many as you like and I will advise you which ones will work best in a pencil portrait.
I have a photo of my child which I love but I’m not so keen on what they are wearing/doing/not doing! Can you do a portrait that changes this?
I would need to see the photo to give you an opinion of the practicality of making these changes. I often make small adjustments in pictures but, in general, keeping alterations very minor gives the best results.
Theresa's Top Tips
If you are going to take some fresh photos to send me, think about trying different angles! Sometimes having your child looking to the side rather than the front produces lovely results. Download my Picture Perfect Portrait guide for more tips.
Will the portraits degrade over time?
All portraits are sprayed with a fine film to protect them from smudging and yellowing of the paper in years to come but do avoid direct sunlight and hanging over heat sources
What payment methods do you accept?
I accept Cheque, PayPal or bank transfer.
A 50% deposit is required for all portrait commissions – this is non-refundable. The remaining payment is due upon completion of your portrait.
How do you draw the portraits?
All pencil portraits are hand drawn with exceptional attention to detail. There is no digital enhancement – you will receive an original drawing. Considerable time is spent to ensure that the layout of the portrait fits your requirements before the task of creating the drawing begins. Occasionally original photos require digital enhancement before work can begin.
How long does it take to get my portrait?
Typically portraits take 2 weeks to complete, although this can be longer during busy periods. I will keep you fully up to date on the progress of your portrait throughout.
What do I need to do when I receive my portrait?
Unframed portraits will arrive in a protective tube. As soon as it arrives, you will need to unroll it and follow the instructions in my handy portrait care guide.
How should I care for my framed portrait?
Posted framed drawings are fitted with plexiglass rather than normal glass to prevent damage in transit. With this in mind do not use any polish or cleaner of any type on plexiglass, as it will scratch. A normal feather duster is good.