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Pet portrait commissions | How it works

If you've never commissioned a piece of art work before you'd be forgiven for finding the whole process seems a bit daunting. In this post I shall show you the steps to take to start your very own pet portrait commission .


  1. The very first thing to do is pop over to www.pickypencil.com/order answer a few questions and you'll be given a no obligation quote.

  2. On the form you'll be given the choice to stop the process, ask me for more information or start a commission.

  3. You'll then be asked for your personal details such as your email, mobile number etc.

  4. Once you have submitted the form I'll email back with a copy so you can check the details are correct .

  5. I'll then ask for a non refundable deposit and photos


  • The best thing to do when deciding what images to use is to find your favourite photos of your dog , send them to me and I can let you know which will make the best drawing.

  • In group commissions don't worry about whether all the dogs are in the same photo.

  • If you like the photo you'll love the drawing based on it.

A few tips

  • get outside . The light will be better and you'll have space to move about.

  • get down to eye level with your pup.

  • get the treats out and hold them at the camera level.

  • most importantly have some fun together. it will show in the image.


Once you have checked the order form and I have received your deposit and photos I'll book your drawing onto my waiting list. Please let me know if you need the drawing for a specific date and I'll do my best to have it ready in time. I'll also make a mock up of the drawing so you can see the position the photos will be on the page.


Once the commission is complete I'll send you a proof of the finished drawing and request the remaining balance. Once the balance comes through I'll email a digital scan of the image (included in the package) and arrange to post the origin art work out to you using royal mail. All drawings come to you in a mount and protective sleeve with a certificate of authenticity and care instructions.


I hope this post has made the process a lot clearer and has encouraged you to start your own commission .

Looking forward to chatting with you soon,


If you'd like to start a commission please visit www.pickypencil.com/order for a quote or contact me through email at pickypencil@hotmail.co.uk or our contact page. For inspiration visit realistic pet portrait page .

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Artist | Lyn Elrick

Location  | stuartfield, Aberdeenshire. U.K

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