Pet Commissions Page
Swirly Soph the Burbage Artist
Contemporary Pet Portraits with a colourful swirly style by Artist Sophie Huddlestone.
Full details about purchasing your very own pet commission are at the bottom of this Page.
Matt Goss from the band Bross loved his watercolour pet portrait. His comments can be seen on my insta post @creativemrsh
Below are the details for ordering a pet commission. For portrait commissions please view the portraits page and contact Sophie.
Contact Sophie with any questions via email: email@example.com
or phone/text Soph: 07932606867
Facebook messenger: @SwirlySophArt
Facebook page: Artist Sophie Appleton Huddlestone.
How long a commission takes: It usually takes me anything from a week to four weeks of sketching and then painting to capture a likeness.
When can it be painted? The waiting list varies from a few weeks to several months depending on current commissions and the time of year.
UNFRAMED: Commission paintings are unframed and unmounted, but do include an artist’s name plate if requested (see image bottom of page).
Sizes: I have a variety of sizes for commissions which we can discuss. The most popular sizes are 12″x9″ (31cm x 23cm) or size 14″x10″ (33.5cm x 25.4cm) or the biggest size 16″x12″ (41cm x 31cm). Two pets in the same painting or a full head and body would suit a 16″x12″ size. Most people have requested just the head and shoulders of a dog on size 14″ x 10″ because this size enables a more detailed painting and a space around which you could trim to suit various frames. The 12″ x 9″ size suits cats, birds, bunnies etc.
Paint: Pet portraits are painted in watercolours or watercolours with ink details.
Your photo emailed or messaged to me must be good enough quality for me to then enlarge and see the details clearly. Most phones take good pictures these days so don’t rush off to get a professional photograph taken. Try getting onto the same level as your pet to photograph them rather than looking down at them. Daylight is great for photos outside rather than indoors. I paint your pet or pets from the one chosen photograph, although sending a few can be very helpful because eye and fur colour can look different depending on the lighting.
A modern day pet portrait is so much more than just capturing a likeness, it is a stand alone fabulous artwork with your much loved pet as the star subject.
Price: You could get a realistic portrait anywhere for cheaper, or even display a photo of your pet instead. But Sophie’s paintings are a contemporary stylish artwork with your pet as the star subject. These artworks bring joy to whom ever the painting eventually passes down to and could increase in value over the years. Pet commission price for 12″x9″ is £135 or a size 14″x10″ is £150. The biggest size of 16″x12″ or having two pets in one painting it is £200. Commissions are free postage in the U.K. (special delivery, tracked & signed for). For worldwide postage it is an extra £20.
Commission Payment: The week that I am ready to begin your painting I will request payment. Payment in full must be received and cleared before creating your commission painting. Different payment methods are available, all of which require no bank details to me personally. I can send you a PayPal invoice with safe payment directly to PayPal you can then pay this with your bank cards, PayPay account, apple pay etc. If you prefer a good old fashioned cheque then once the payment is cleared I will begin the painting, or you can arrange to visit me at my art studio with cash.
View your commission painting: When finished, I send you an email with a photo attached of your painting. The photograph will have copyright wording across it. If you like the look of the painting from viewing the photo, then send me an email telling me to go ahead and post the painting to you.
Commission Painting Refund: After viewing the email I send you with a photo attached of your finished commission painting, if you decide you do not like the look of it, simply send me an email asking for a refund. I will refund your money, and not post the painting to you. If you have requested me to go ahead and post the painting to you it can not be refunded.
Personalise your commission painting at no extra cost. Names, messages or special dates can be added in bold or subtle ways. No matter what the painting is, we can discuss ideas of where to place your wording. For example the dodo bird had dates added to the bottom trim of the handbag in a subtle way and names added to its handbag in large letters.
Postage: You can collect your commission from my art studio in Burbage or have it posted to you, worldwide. Special delivery Royal Mail, Tracked. A signature will be required on arrival and you will be emailed with its tracking code and expected delivery date – for U.K. it is usually before 1pm the day after postage. Commissions are free postage in the U.K. The rest of the world is an extra £20 for tracked and signed which can be around 3 to 7 days.
Copyright: I will not use the commissioned painting on gift items or as a print, nor will I re-paint it for anyone else. It is an original one off painting just for you. You purchase the painting, but full copyrights of the commissioned painting remains with myself, Artist Sophie Huddlestone. If you prefer your own photograph (that I used as a reference to paint from) not to be on display, then it will remain confidential. The internet is my portfolio where I display my creations, some commissions that I have painted are displayed on my online websites and social media etc. Sometimes just the beginning stages of the painting process as it comes to life, or perhaps the finished painting. If you prefer to keep the commissioned painting confidential you can request this before payment. I do not permit any person or entity to print, copy or replicate any of my art or images in any way, physical or virtual form, even if it is a commissioned painting.
Policies the policies page has the full set of policies.
ARTISTS NAME PLATE: A commission painting includes a free Artist name plate as shown in the photo with ”by Artist Sophie Huddlestone” engraved on it – one per each hand painted commission painting. Just ask for one to be included!
Artist Name Plate
Name plate: Colour silver, size 50mm X 16mm, aluminium, diamond engraved, easy to apply with a self adhesive backing.
Keep It Yours
Remember you paid for your painting or print so help prevent illegal printing of it. If you show friends or family via text or email etc always obstruct the image, for example of with a bit of paper.