YES I NOW TAKE COMMISSIONS.
You can have your favourite pet (although I'm sure you love them all equally, of course...) recreated into your very own, hand-painted Some Ink Nice artwork.
A perfect gift for someone who is crazy about a particular animal.
Or that friend, family member or colleague who's impossible to buy for. And you'd know, because you've browsed through roughly 1,000,000 possible presents.
£195 for A4 size - (approx 8x12 inch / 20 x 30 cm)
£250 for A3 size - (approx 12x17 inch / 30 x 42 cm)
A deposit of £50 from this is required (see below).
These reasonable prices are for the original unframed, unmounted painting on smooth, heavy-duty watercolour paper.
Why not mounted and framed, you may ask?
Well, because in my experience, people often have a personal taste when it comes to framing. They like to have it match the decor of their home.
Also, it increases the postage cost considerably.
(Postage cost within the UK is included in the price. Postage overseas will be an extra £8)
I can source and frame the artwork, if you'd like, but this will naturally incur extra fees, depending on what you'd like. If in doubt, ask me.
Once I have a suitable photo from you, and I've received your deposit, I aim to have your painting complete within three weeks.
Due to workload, this may be a little longer, or a little quicker.
I only take on a limited number of commissions at once, to try and keep this timescale consistent.
If you need it urgently, or for a particular date (say, a birthday), probably best to check with me first.
Deposit & Payment:
The reason for the deposit is twofold.
Firstly, it secures your place in the queue. I will always give priority to clients who have paid the deposit, in the order in which they are received.
Secondly, the introduction and discussion about photos can be time consuming at my end, especially when a number of casual enquiries start building up.
As a customer, once you have made part-payment, you would quite rightly expect me to be committed to producing the thing you've part-paid me for.
And not delaying delivery of it because I'm too busy fielding lots of casual enquiries from others.
The deposit helps me commit to your project, because I know you're a serious & genuine customer.
As a result, the deposit is non-refundable.
I will email you an invoice for £50 before beginning the work.
Once your painting is complete, I'll email you a preview copy so you can see how it's turned out, along with an invoice for the outstanding balance.
As soon as you've made payment, I'll courier your finished painting out to you.
(In a protective, rigid envelope if A4, and rolled inside a sturdy tube, if A3)
I've put together a handy guide for supplying me with an excellent photo.
Chances are, you have a very specific pet in mind, so this won't apply, but:
Please bear in mind that I only paint using reference photos with permission from the person that took the photo.
Or, to put it more simply, I don't use photos just grabbed off the internet.
So let's say you wanted a painting of a penguin, and found this excellent photo:
Which is on the first page of Google Images.
I would politely decline to paint that, because that image is actually the owned by David Merron and licensed via Getty to the BBC.
Some people might not be fussed by this, but to me, that's that photographer's livelihood.
As someone who produces images for a living, I respect those boundaries.
Anyway, the point I'm making is, please don't be offended if I decline your desired photo on these grounds.
If you have your heart set on something, but have no photo, don't worry. Let me know and I'll see what I can do or suggest.
One last point on the topic.
Once painted, you will own the final painting, but I will retain the copyright for the image of it.
Don't worry, this can be confusing, but it's standard practice.
Essentially, you will own the physical thing, but not the legal right to reproduce it (you know, to print it on cards or tshirts etc etc).
Just like me painting David's penguin up there, that would be a copyright violation.
Very, very unlikely to be an issue. But good to point out, from the start.
Now that those fun and games are sorted, GET IN TOUCH if you'd like Some Ink Nice.