Q. Do you work from photoghraphs
A. I work from good quality photographs,
this gets the most accurate results and avoids the sitter getting
bored! It also helps to keep my prices reasonable. I do like to
meet the subject if possible, and I really need a selection of
sharp photos not just the one you want the portrait to depict. I am quite happy to work from either digital pictures by email or off a CD.
Q. What are they produced in?
A. Most of the examples of my work
are drawn in graphite pencil and fine grade colour pencil, this is absolutely the best
medium for me to show the fine detail characteristic of my style.
However if you want a piece in a different medium I am happy to
Q. How long does it take?
A. The highly detailed portraits
I produce can be time consuming taking in excess of 30 hours each
even for the smaller pictures and up to 150 hours for some larger
works. In terms of delivery time I like to allow 3 to 6 weeks
Q. Is there a waiting list? How
soon can I get a picture?
A. I do have a diary and I have to
allow each picture a time slot to be produced and then time to return and refine, Certain times
of year, especially September to December, are very busy so if
you want your picture to be ready for a specific date then book
early! A slot in my diary isnt secured until I receive
Q. Can you do a picture for a
special occasion or as a surprise?
A. Yes, a lot of my work is commissioned
as a present but please give me details so that I can help you
keep the secret and ensure timely delivery. I am also hoping to
offer gift vouchers soon.
Q. What if I want more than one
subject in the same picture?
A. This is no problem, I can put
two or more animals, people or a mixture of the two on one picture.
You dont even need to have a photograph of them together
I can work from separate photos.
Q. When do you need the photos?
A. I dont need the photos immediately
when you book, if you choose to supply photos I will agree a date
when you must supply the photos. If I am taking the photos I will
arrange an appointment in good time. Please note that failure
to supply photos as agreed may lead to forfeiting your deposit.
||Q. Im not a very good photographer,
what should I do?
A. I can take the photographs for
you, in fact I prefer to. But you get the final say on which photos
we use. I will quote a price for this service when you commission
Q. Can you frame the picture for
A. Yes, this is something you can decide at the start or go away and think what frame design would best suit your taste. If you dont want the picture framing then let me know at some point before I am ready to finish the picture. Framing is not included in the price unless specifically agreed.
Q. Can you do other subjects?
A. Yes, I am always looking for exciting
new ideas! If you would like a picture of ANYTHING you dont
see here let me know, I might be able to offer a special rate
Q. What should I do if
I want to commission a picture?
A. Speak to me in person or contact
me by e-mail or phone to discuss your requirements. I have order
forms available but these are two way agreements and we need to
ensure that your individual needs are met.
much is a portrait?
A. It depends upon the size and complexity
of the picture (see above). A price has to be agreed after we have
discussed your requirements. The price list at the top of the page
is a starting point for each type
do I pay?
A. At present only by cash or cheque
(subject to a guarantee card), I am hoping to use Google checkout on my website
in the future.
Q. Do I need to pay a deposit?
A. At the point of booking I like to
take a £100 deposit. If you would prefer to pay more at the outset
then this is fine. Once you have paid your deposit I will book you
a slot in my diary. The balance does not need to be paid until completion.
Q. What is a Giclée print?
A. A Wikipedia explanation: Giclée.
I have been very impressed by the quality, Giclée is definately as good as old printing processes.
Q. How do I get in touch with you?
A. Preferrably by email to my Belper
||To contact me, please email:
alternatively my telephone numbers are: 07849 657898 or 01773 820515
If we are not able to answer, I would be very grateful if you could please leave a message,
and either me or my wife Katherine will contact you back.
My studio is at my home address:
57 Becksitch Lane, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1UZ