If you are unsure which option you would like for your artwork, please don't hesitate to contact me and send along some photos of your subject. I'd be more than happy to advise - with no obligation to book.
What are the options?
I am primarily an animal artist, and I would like to work within and to the best of my capabilities at all times, if possible; I do not feel comfortable offering to draw or paint subjects with which I have not had sufficient practice. Therefore if you would like a painting featuring a person, or an automobile, or a landscape, I would strongly advise finding an artist who specialises in that particular field. I'm afraid I do not at this time include human subjects in my animal portraits. If you would like a piece to include both animal and human subjects, I may be able to recommend an artist friend of mine who does similar work, and is happy to draw both people and animals.
What subjects do you draw?
I have a waiting list for commission work. This means I cannot begin an order straight away once it is confirmed. Each new booking is added to the end of the list.
My waiting list is usually over 12 months. Please check the top of this page for an up-to-date status.
Do you have a waiting list?
Do you work from photos?
If you would like a painting of a pet or an animal you know, I will need to work from photographs. The more photographs you have for me to see, the better, as this will aid me in giving the truest likeness possible.
Most clients choose to send their own digital photographs or scans to me by email. If you do not have any digital photographs, you are welcome to send hard copies to me through the post, and I can then send them back with the finished artwork.
(Please Note that if you choose to send photos through the post, I recommend using a secure service such as Royal Mail Special Delivery. Photos are posted at your own risk.)
Alternatively, dependent on your location, visits can be arranged for me to come and photograph the subject myself. This way I can capture a range of high-quality images on a digital SLR camera, which can be viewed instantly and discussed with you so we can find a suitable image or images for me to work from.
(This service is at cost. See my Terms & Conditions page for more details.)
Important Note about photos taken by professional photographers:
Due to copyright issues, I cannot work from photographs taken by professional photographers without their written permission. If the photos you would like me to use were not taken by you, please pass on the photographer's email address or other contact details so I may ask their permission for use of the images.
As my waiting list is quite long, I choose to keep bookings closed for most of the time. I accept bookings periodically, usually at least a couple of times a year.
When the list is open and I'm accepting bookings, I make an announcement via my Email Newsletter first. If you'd like to be one of the first to know when I'm accepting bookings, you can subscribe to my Newsletters.
This is followed by announcements here on the website, and on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Amanda Drage Art
When can I make a booking?
If my waiting list is open you can contact me to make a booking. Once we have discussed what you would like and a price is agreed, the order can be confirmed and placed on the waiting list.
A deposit of 25% is required on confirmation of an order.
The deposit secures your place on the waiting list. An order cannot be placed on the list until the deposit is received.
How do I make a booking?
How and when do I pay?
As outlined above, 25% of the cost of the portrait is paid on confirmation of a booking, as deposit. The remainder of payment, including the postal/shipping cost, is due on completion of the piece.
I accept payment via Paypal or bank transfer.
I can also accept a personal cheque (from UK customers only), however please be aware that cheques sent through the mail are sent entirely at your own risk.
How do I receive the finished artwork?
Collection of artwork can be arranged within the UK.
Personal delivery of artwork may be arranged locally within the UK, subject to an extra charge dependent on client location.
Outside the UK, or where collection is not convenient, the artwork will be posted or shipped to the recipient. Postage and shipping costs are to be paid by the buyer, and are not included in the price quoted for the artwork.
The postage/shipping costs include a small amount to cover packaging time and materials.
All work is shipped fully insured for the total value. I use tracked and signed-for options wherever possible.
Have another question about the commission process that I haven't answered here?
Feel free to get in touch!
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Will the portrait be framed?
I do not currently offer a framing service for my portraits.
I do provide a care leaflet with some pointers for framing and hanging, and a small slip outlining the materials used which you can give to your framer if you wish.
I am of course always happy to give advice about framing your portrait if you need it.
If you are in the Northants or Leicestershire area, I can highly recommend a local framing studio who I personally like to use for my works:
On The Edge Picture Framing & Art https://ontheedge.co.uk