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Meet Dani and AJ!

This gorgeous madonna portrait was commissioned as a gift for AJ's daddy. Everyone is so pleased to finally meet little AJ.

 

Isn't he a cutie?

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Meet the Artist

I recall telling my parents at a tender young age that I would one day be veterinarian who drew her patients. A diabetic pet guinea-pig quickly put an end to any desire to become a vet, but I still held on to the passion to be an artist and my love for animals.

 

I began taking commissions at 15 years old, and by 17 I was travelling the country selling prints and paintings at comic and art shows, mostly of dragons. By the end of my schooling years I had been approached to design a teen fiction book cover and had been hired as a photographer for weddings. My creativity knew no bounds, but I struggled to find a direction. After graduating from the University of Lincoln in 2014 with a degree in Illustration, I felt more lost than ever.

In the summer of 2019 my husband and I relocated to Pembrokeshire in Wales and decided it was time to take the next step. We brought home a cavapoo puppy called Hazelnut in June of 2019. After a few months of training and poo bags and cuddles it dawned on me what I would truly love to do, and so I started drawing portraits!

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Materials and Method

I like to use a combination of pencils and pastels, charcoal and conte sticks to achieve both softness and detail. I prefer heavyweight textured pastel and watercolour papers to give an extra depth to each piece. I love the simplicity of a bold paper colour to really make the subject stand out from the page whilst still complimenting them. 

 
 

Testimonials

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Diane Robinson

"I would recommend Nicola as her art work speaks for itself. She has an image that you send her and she responds beautifully with a keen eye and brings that image to life. I took a chance and I am so so glad that I did. A truly wonderful artist."

Rachel Jefferies

"Absolutely delighted with both of the drawings Nicola produced for me. I told her what I was after, sent her some photos and her drawings were perfect I’m so happy with them and so were my children who got them as presents for Christmas! Thank you Nicola x"

Gemma Dawber

"Highly recommend Nicola, great communication and fantastic artist. I had a portrait of my sisters dog done for Christmas and it was amazing. Thank you."

Lorna Stone

"Absolutely stunning pieces of art! Nicola captures the character of my cat so effortlessly that the picture looks real. I was so impressed with the colour picture she did I commissioned her for a second one but with a different pose. Many many thanks 😊 xx"

Francesca Buckley

(In regards to the drawings) "Nicola recommended how best to frame them! She also kept me updated on their progress and sent me pictures of them before she sent them. They were so reasonably priced and I wouldn’t hesitate to use her business again! Thank you so much Nicola"

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Prices

All prices include labour, materials, next day tracked and signed Royal Mail delivery to the UK, packaging, and a digital copy of your portrait to use on social media.

Animal Portraits

8x8" £150 (One figure only)

A4 £150 (Up to two figures)

16x16" £250 (Up to four figures)

A3 £250 (Up to four figures)

Human Portraits

8x8" £200 (One figure only)

A4 £200 (One figure only)

16x16" £350 (Up to four figures)

A3 £350 (Up to four figures)

These prices are for bust (head and shoulders) only and they do not include the cost for backgrounds or more than four figures. Please contact me for a bespoke quote if you have these requirements. I also cannot offer discounts for more than one portrait as these prices are based on the amount of time each portrait takes to create. Thank you for understanding!

 

Drawing vs Photograph

 
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How to

Commission a Portrait

Step 1

Choose a Photograph!

Is your photograph clear and high quality? If not, you may want to choose a different photo, or if necessary do a special photoshoot. 

Here's an example of a good reference photo

- Clear

- Natural light

- Sharp details

- Sent from the original source (smartphone)

Here's an example of a bad reference photo

- Blurry

- Dark

- Strange crop

- Saved from Social media/ messaging app

The better the reference, the better the drawing! If you are struggling to choose a photograph or have any questions get in contact and we can choose together.

Step 2

Choose a size!

Some portraits are better suited to larger sizes, some to smaller. This choice can depend on a few different factors such as how many figures are in the frame, where the drawing will be hung and of course cost. It is entirely up to you what you feel would best suit your requirements. If you're not sure, don't hesitate to get in contact.

Step 3

Get in contact!

Now that you have your amazing reference photograph(s) and you've decided on a size, it's time to get in contact!

Include in your e-mail the following: 

- The largest sized version of the photograph(s) you'd like referenced

- Your name and mailing address so I can send the finished portrait to you

- Your preferred portrait size

- Your payment preference (bank transfer or PayPal)

- Any other information or preferences you may have

Note: You may find that the photograph(s) are too large to send in one go. If this is the case, please e-mail me without the photograph(s) and I can instruct you how best to send them instead. Thank you!

 

Thanks for visiting!

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