Pet commissions by Artist Sophie Huddlestone. Details about requesting any theme of commission are at the bottom of this page.
These are the details mainly for pet commissions, although the same would apply if the commission was a portrait or other subject.
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 several weeks to several months. I may not start your painting straight away as I have other paintings to complete first.
UNFRAMED: Commission paintings are unframed and unmounted.
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 16″x12″ (41cm x 31cm). Two pets in the same painting 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. The 12″ x 9″ suits cats and bunnies.
Paint: Pet portraits are painted in watercolours or watercolours with ink details. Portraits can be in oils or watercolours or both. Oil paintings take three to six months of drying time (before it can be posted) but watercolours dry straight away. By looking at the paintings above or the portraits page examples you can tell me which style you are after.
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. 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.
Price: When I have an idea of size and subject (e.g. type of pet) I can tell you the price. Pop onto the contact page and a messenger button should pop up for you to ask me right now. Artist Sophie Appleton Huddlestone.
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 I start to create your commission. A variety of payment methods are available from PayPal, bank cards, apple pay and even good old fashioned cheques.
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: A signature will be required on arrival and you will be emailed with its tracking code. Commissions are free post in the U.K. but I do post worldwide the postage cost of which depends on the size ordered. Postage is recorded in the U.K. and Tracked for the rest of the world.
Copyright: I will not use the commissioned painting, from your own photographs, 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 to me. 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 include 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.
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 with a bit of paper.