Frequently asked questions

  • What do you charge?

    I charge £350 for a single portrait in graphite pencil on A3 (29.7 x 42cm) acid-free white paper, supplied without mount or frame, plus £15 per portrait for Special Delivery postage and packing within the UK. If you live outside the UK, please request a quote for postage and packing. A non-refundable deposit of half the fee is required.

    For prices of other sizes and styles, please contact me.

  • Is VAT applicable?

    No.

  • Do you meet the children you draw?

    In most cases, yes. I charge an extra fee for a home visit to meet and photograph the child[ren], which is calculated according to the number of subjects and the distance from where I live in West London.

  • How much input will I have into the choice of image?

    I will work closely with you to produce an image which you feel best represents the look and personality of your child. If I am taking the photos myself, we can discuss the images as we go along.

  • Can I provide the photo?

    Yes, I have produced many successful portraits this way, particularly for clients who live too far away to visit. I am happy for you to email or send me possible images for advice, and can provide guidelines for taking suitable photos.

  • What if the photo needs slight adjustment?

    One of the advantages of working from photos is that tweaks can be made to clothing, hair and sometimes even expression. It is also possible to combine elements from more than one image.

  • Can I comment on the final drawing?

    Yes, I will email the finished drawing to you before I spray it with fixative. In the unlikely event that you are not completely satisfied, I will be happy to discuss the drawing with you and, if necessary, make a minor adjustment.

  • Is a group portrait possible?

    Yes, I do double and triple portraits, usually on A2 (42 x 59.4cm) paper – please contact me to discuss the size and fee. Most people choose single portraits for the practical reason that in time each child may wish to have their own picture.

  • Would you do a portrait of an adult?

    Yes. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.

  • Do you do colour portraits?

    Rarely of people, as I like the timelessness and versatility of graphite. Occasionally, however, I do pastel portraits of dogs (see Other Commissions).

  • How long does a commission take?

    This depends on the urgency of the commission and my own workload, but once the portrait has been commissioned – i.e. the deposit received and the image agreed on – I am usually able to produce it within three weeks. If you require a portrait for a particular occasion such as a birthday, we can agree a deadline that gives you plenty of time to have it framed.