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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does it take to complete a portrait?
    The time taken to complete your portrait will depend on the size and complexity of your drawing. On average it can take two to three weeks to complete. I will always aim to give you an estimated completion time.
  • What materials do you use to create my portrait?
    I use the following coloured pencils : Faber-Castell Polychromos Caran D'ache Luminance Derwent Lightfast Caran D'ache Pablos These pencils are of the highest quality to ensure that you portrait will last a lifetime. I use the following surfaces for my portraits: Fabriano Artistico or Classico paper 300 gsm Strathmore Bristol vellum surface 270 gsm Clairefontaine Pastelmat Polydraw or Grafix drafting film
  • Can I receive progress updates of my portrait?
    If you wish to see work in progress updates these can be emailed to you throughout the commission.
  • How do I dispose of the clear biodegradable bags?
    The bags are made from NATIVIA which is a plant based (annually renewable) PLA (polylactic acid) derived from vegetable starches (cornstarch) and are compostable and biodegradable. Thanks to the bio-based content and the lower consumption of energy, PLA delivers a lower carbon footprint and additional end of life options compared to most oil-based plastics. The bags are compostable in either the home or commercial composting but in commercial composting the temperature will be higher and the process is much quicker. In a colder home composter it will just take longer.
  • How will I receive my portrait?
    Your portrait will be mounted in white ready to frame. If you have a preferred mount colour please let me know when booking your commission.
  • How do I take care of my portrait?
    To maintain the quality of your artwork please follow the guidelines below: Keep your artwork out of direct sunlight and away from direct heat. Frame under non-glare glass, treated with a coating to protect the work from UV sunlight if possible. This not only protects your artwork from sunlight, the non-glare glass makes it easier to see the artwork surface when it is displayed. The mat and backing of your frame should be made of acid-free paper and finished with acid-free tape. This is to avoid any moisture reaching your painting and damaging it. You will receive an artwork care guide for ensuring that your portrait will last a lifetime.
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