Commission A Portrait

Here is a guide of the process from the photograph to the finished portrait.

Step 1 – Price and Size

Have a look at the price list to decide which size would suit your pet best.

Step 2 – Photograph

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You will need a good clear close-up photograph of your pet. The quality of the photograph is very important – the better the photograph the more accurate the drawing. If you haven’t personally taken the photographs, please ensure they are clear of all copyrights.

BaxterPlease visit Photography tips for advice on how to take the perfect photograph.

If you live in Qatar and are within a 20-minute radius of Al Waab, I offer a free visit to take some photographs if you are struggling to get the perfect shot, it is also always nice to meet the “models”.

Step 3 – Contact

Email me a selection of photographs.  Please tell me the size you would like, which one of the photographs is your favourite and don’t forget to mention if there is a specific date you require it by. I will then be in touch once I have assessed the photographs, it is essential to have good photographs to produce a good portrait.

Step 4 – Deposit.

Once we have agreed on the composition and the timescale, I will require a 20% non-refundable deposit to confirm your order.

Step 5 – Progress

You will be able to view the progress of your portrait as it is created on Instagram or Facebook. If it is a surprise for someone, please mention this when ordering and I will send you private updates.

Step 6 – Finished Portrait & Payment

Once complete I will email you a scanned copy of the portrait to view. If you are completely happy with the portrait, the remainder of the payment can be made. For overseas clients payment can be made by PayPal, for clients in Qatar we can arrange an appointment for you to collect the portrait, payment can be made in cash at that time.


Step 7 – Framing

Once you have received your drawing, please do read Framing tips for some advice on how to conserve your portrait so that it will stay looking good for years to come. If you are giving the drawing as a present, they really do look better framed first, the frame just brings the drawing to life!

For questions previous clients have asked, please click on Portrait FAQ. Anything that isn’t covered, please feel free to Contact me


1. All work is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in any form without the permission of the artist. The client agrees that commissioned images may be used by Pencil Paws for promotional purposes.

2. The client agrees that all reference photographs provided to the artist for the creation of the commissioned portrait are free and clear of all copyrights.

3. Depending on the waiting list, a single portrait can take between 4-5 weeks to complete.