Pet Commissions are the perfect gift for any animal lover. Sophie works from your photographs to capture your pets personality through watercolour, graphite pencil or oil paint.
All Sophie's commission come signed and mounted, however she is more than happy to get your special commission framed.
Artwork prices depend wholly on the type of commission, size, framing options etc, but here is a rough guide:
Mounted Watercolour or Pencil Drawing:
A4 portrait - £275
A3 portrait - £325
Additional subjects and full body commissions can be quoted on enquiry.
Framing prices are dependant on the size and style of the frame. Sophie can advice you with this on completion of your commission. Prices start from £75.
Sophie also offers oil painting commissions. These start from £1,000 an can either be painted on a stretched canvas or a handmade panel. Framing options are also available as an extra cost.
Please visit www.sophiebotsfordfineart.com if you would like to view Sophie's original oil paintings.
Please get in contact if you would like to book in a commission or have any further questions.
The hard part - the photograph!
For Sophie and her clients, one of the hardest parts of the commission process is the reference photos Sophie needs to work from to create the perfect piece.
Here are a couple of tips to help you capture your pet:
A good quality close-up photograph of your pet. It’s usually best to take your pet outside, with the sun behind the photographer.
Try and photograph your pet from a slight angle, rather than head on. It’s often best to take a few photos from slightly different angles and both sides, to see which you prefer.
Getting someone to hold a treat or toy up behind the camera can often help create the perfect pose…there’s nothing like a bit of bribery!
Just remember, the better the photo, the better the portrait! Nowadays lots of phones have amazing cameras, but please be aware that many phone photos are poor quality once enlarged, and are unable to work from.
It’s then down to choosing your favourite photographs. Please send Sophie as many as you like, but make sure they show your pets personality. She will then discuss with you the best photo to work from, and once agreed will get started.
Timescale depends on workload (with Christmas time increased), but please let Sophie know if you have a specific date you would like your commission for and she will see what she can do. The lead-time for mounted commissions is 2-3 weeks at the moment.