Reference Photo Guidance
In order to render lifelike and highly detailed results, a good quality photograph of your pet is required. It’s by no means necessary to use a high quality digital camera, phone photos work just as well. Here are a few quick tips for a good reference photo (please see more tips with example below):
- the subject’s eyes are in focus
- well lit, ideally in natural light
- a close-up, at least the face, neck and chest are clearly visible
- high resolution & overall sharp and clear quality
- taken at the subject’s eye level
It’s of course not always possible to obtain a good quality photo, for instance when the pet has passed away. In this case I’ll work from the best photo that is available, but it’s good to keep in mind that some guesswork will be required and the result may not be 100% accurate. If you have multiple photos to choose from, I’m happy to help you pick the best option. Once the reference photo has been approved by both parties, I will send you an invoice for a 25% non-refundable* deposit of the final portrait price. After the deposit has been paid, I can give you an estimated date for the start and completion of your portrait. I send you updates throughout the whole drawing process to ensure you will be happy with your portrait.
*The deposit is refunded only in the unfortunate case that I have to cancel your portait.