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Freelance graphic design work

If you would like to book my services for digital artwork, Flash animation, illustration or graphic design, please email or ring me to discuss your requirements.

For individual hand painted commissions, please read the information below.

Portraits from photos

I work purely from your photos so there is no restriction on where you are located, as you can simply email or post me your photos. I am happy to undertake commissions from anywhere in the world, just email me for shipping charges. If you're wondering what sort of photo would make the best portrait, below are some tips:

Quality requirements

Quite simply, the better the quality of your photo, the better the resulting portrait. If little detail is visible on the photo, I can't reproduce detail in the portrait. And the most successful portraits are those that show the fine details such as the lay of the fur, the angle of the whiskers, the textures of the coat, the glint in the eye etc.

"I've got a great photo but there's a snag..."

So you've taken a brilliant picture of your dog posing perfectly, but there's a problem with the shot? Red-eye? Your ex is holding the dog? Someone decided to do a moony in the background....? Don't stress, all of those things can be changed when I draw the portrait. Even red-eye can be removed, just email me other photos that show the eye colour and I can draw them as they should be.

Tips for taking photos (even when the subject won't sit still)

People and animal portraits are usually most successful when the original photo has captured the subject in a flattering pose. Sometimes this is when the subject is looking straight at the camera, or other times it may just be that the pose is appealing enough to draw your attention to the picture. For example, a dog looking in the other direction doesn't make such an endearing portrait as one with its ears cocked, its eyes alert, and it's gazing out at you from the page.

If, like me, you've striven to take a photo of a pet and never seemed to be able to capture a good image, then happily I can share some of the tips I've learned along the way. There's an easy way to take photos of a child or pet; it involves teamwork, patience and a lot of treats!

You've seen how photographers take pics of babies when you get them done on the high street? Don't lurk behind the camera lens waiting to get the shot, get someone else to operate the camera while you have a distraction like a toy or something squeeky to wave in EXACTLY the spot you want the child to look. Teamwork! Same thing with dogs! How do you suppose you get all those wonderful pictures of dogs behaving impeccably and looking like butter wouldn't melt? Easy - one photographer and one person standing there with a toy or treat, coaxing it to do just what they want!

And what if you want more than one subject in one picture but can't seem to get them all to cooporate at the same time? No problem! Just send the individual subjects in separate pictures and I can paint them all as a group portrait.

Payment

A general price guide for my artwork can be found here but please bear in mind that every piece of artwork is different, and the subject, the amount of detail, the background etc., will all reflect on how long it takes to complete the work. I will give you an exact price for each individual commission when you book.

I prefer for you to pay a 50% deposit on ordering, then the remaining 50% on completion. I will email you a scanned copy of your portrait, and providing you are happy with it, you pay the balance via Paypal and I will post you send you the original portrait by mail.

I prefer to take payment via PayPal or Bacs.

Delivery

Your portrait will be supplied to you, where possible, with a pre-cut presentation mount. It will be packed flat between 2 pieces of card. Delivery charges are from £6.00 per portrait, for anywhere within Mainland UK. Please contact me for delivery charges to the rest of the world.

I prefer to take payment via PayPal or Bacs.

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TEL: 07941 158596 info@sallygrist-artwork.co.uk