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oil paintings , pastel drawings and pencil drawings from your favourite photos 


commission portrait painting
 some stages in creating
a commission portrait painting
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completed commission
oil painting 
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commission portrait paintings from photo
dog painting on canvas
find more samples in my galleries

you can commission portrait paintings

 from David Gilchrist to help you cherish your precious photo memories of people and dog painting with a unique fine artwork depicted from your photo images
specialist portrait painter in the UK

commission portrait painting

To commission people and pets portraits paintings from photo


The artist

Choose an artist or art company that is experienced in painting portraits from photos ( you may know an artist who paints great landscapes for example but this does not mean that they can produce a portrait to a high standard )
Ask to see sample portraits with the original photos that they were taken from and only order a painting if you like the finished representation.
Be wary if someone can only show one or two samples of work - it may be these are the only ones that have worked out and the rest of their work is not so good.

A good artist will normally have a portfolio selection of recent works to show you, be guided by this. Don`t be swayed by someone who says of course my work is great as I went to art school - they may have been a poor student !

Other considerations to commission bespoke paintings   Ask how long it will take from the date that you give your order. If your portrait is for your moms birthday in two weeks it is no good if you have to wait a month for completion.
Some art companies send abroad for paintings to be painted and may take longer to turn photos to paintings than a local artist

Cost of portrait
Here it is up to the individual company or artist and the prices vary enormously, with artists who are famous charging many hundreds or thousands of pounds.
However a competent professional artist who is not such a big name may only charge a fraction of this amount - perhaps only a hundred pounds or so for a single person portrait, although be prepared to pay more for each person in your painting,  remember time is money and more people to paint means more time to complete your masterpiece.

The internet is a good source of portrait companies and artists and you can compare prices and samples of work to suit your needs.
Many will start your painting for a deposit of 50% and let you preview the finished result before you pay the balance

( usually, payment is by credit card using paypal or similar payment system ).

My name is David Gilchrist and I hope you find this guide has been helpful to commission an artist
I am a portrait artist who specialises in painting and drawing contemporary portraits from your photos and have many years experience creating commission portraits of people and pets

 You can also visit my dogs  page for more inspiration
please feel free to compare my work with other artists for quality and value

David Gilchrist

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visit my dog portraits page for details of my genuine dog art by hand from your special image

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 to dog page

Ordering your portrait

I need to make sure the quality of your photo is ok before I ask for a deposit.


1  send your email from contact page ( add your photo ) i will then let you know if your photograph is ok and give a quote


 payment is online by paypal

2 you let me know you want to go ahead and  ill email you a paypal invoice for  30% deposit payment from your  credit card or bank account to start your artwork

( you may need a paypal account )

3  I then send you a preview photograph of the finished painting before final payment by paypal


fast delivery

finished art is posted by royal mail next day delivery in UK

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