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On this page, you'll find all the information you need about the process of commissioning a portrait with Gemma Nolan Art. I have tried to include as much information as possible regarding the ordering process, time-frames and how to choose a good photograph.

For pricing and delivery information, please click here.

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1. Choose your style

Have a look through my pet portraits and Instagram account  and decide what kind of style is right for you. As standard, most of my portraits are done in pencil, either coloured or black and white, with a highly photo-realistic style.

I do  also have examples of work in different mediums such as charcoal, pen and ink, and acrylic paint. Please contact me directly if you are interested in commissioning a portrait in a non-standard medium. 

I don't tend to include backgrounds, however these can be added (subject to surcharge).

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2. Check out my price list

See my Price List here for a rough idea of pricing for black and white and coloured pencil portraits in a range of sizes.

Pricing is job-specific and will depend on the level of detail, number of subjects and the time-frame in which you require the artwork, so please contact me directly for a more accurate quote.

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3. Get in touch

Once you've decided on the kind of portrait you'd like, drop me a message with as much detail as possible (size, number of subjects, medium, timeframe, relevant additional info) including any reference photo(s) you'd like me to work from (more info on good reference photos below).

You can contact me via the online form here, or via Facebook or Instagram messenger. Once we've agreed a price and timescale, I can get underway with the artwork.

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Choosing a reference photo

  • As I work exclusively from photos, please make sure you have a suitable reference photograph from which I can work. This should be a good-quality photo, with the subject(s) clear and in focus. See examples of good reference photos on the left.

  • For portraits with multiple subjects, it is preferable to use one photo which includes all subjects. In cases where this is not possible, photos may be merged using photo editing software and this may include a surcharge.

  • Miniature portraits (approx 2"x2") require an extremely high quality reference photo of your pet's face only. Not all reference photos will be suitable for a miniature portrait, so please get in touch if you wish to discuss this option. 

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4. Completion of the artwork

Depending on size and detail, portraits can take between two and four weeks, however timescales for completion will vary depending on how busy I am and I will communicate a more accurate time-frame when you get in touch. If you require an urgent turnaround i.e less than two weeks, this will incur a surcharge.

The run up to Christmas is my busiest time of year, therefore if you are looking to give a portrait as a Christmas present, please get in touch well in advance (mid-November at the latest) to secure your order in time for Christmas delivery.

I am happy to send you photo updates of my progress along the way, and will send a photograph before dispatch, to confirm you are satisfied with the finished product or to make any final tweaks.

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5. Payment and postage

When you have confirmed that you are happy with the finished piece, payment of the agreed amount plus postage costs, can be made via bank transfer, cheque or cash (if collecting). The artwork will then be posted - I will contact you to confirm dispatch and provide tracking details (if applicable). Please note, artwork will not be dispatched until payment has been received.

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If you have any queries regarding the ordering process which haven't been answered above, please don't hesitate to contact me directly!

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