Art Commissions

The process of commissioning a portrait is really straightforward: Just email your chosen photograph(s), preferred portrait size and whether you would like pencil or pastel.

 

I am happy to advise on all aspects of composition, style and size. I'm also open to bespoke and more unusual requests so just ask away if you have an idea.

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Get in touch

Get in touch with any questions you may have.  If you would like to proceed, you can chat by phone or email to discuss your portrait, preferred size, pose and medium (pencil or pastel). I'm happy to advise on all aspects of composition, style and size. I'm also open to bespoke and more unusual requests so just ask away if you have an idea.

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Submit your source material

The photograph is the single most important part of the whole process. The clearer, brighter and better quality the image, the more detailed I can make the portrait.

Try to find an image that captures your beloved's spirit and personality.

They should be the focus, filling the lens without too much background and most importantly with their eyes open. The image should preferably be taken at or near their level.  The composition of your bespoke portrait could be a study of their face, with or without shoulders or of their full body. For cars, they are best taken at an angle rather than straight on or to the side but that is entirely up to you.​

  • Once you have taken your photos, please email them to sophie@sophiewbart.com. Together we go through them to discuss the one best for the portrait.

  • For first-time commissions, a £50 deposit must be paid by bank transfer.

  • The balance is due on completion.

  • Please allow two to three weeks from agreeing all aspects of your commission to dispatch. I will advise you immediately if additional time is required for complex commissions or during busier times, such as pre-Christmas.

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Delivery

As soon as your portrait is finished, I will email you to arrange delivery/shipping.  Please be advised that although your drawing is sprayed with a fixative that prevents smudges, it should never be touched as it is still possible to smear the graphite which sadly is irreversible.

Packaging:

All original portraits are elegantly wrapped in charcoal tissue paper and ivory ribbon, before being placed in a protective box to ensure safe transit. 

Shipping:

UK: Free Royal Mail tracked or Special Delivery on all bespoke commissions

Europe, USA and further afield: please contact for a quote as it depends on the size and destination. 

 

For international orders, I often send A3 and A2 portraits in postal tubes to ensure their protection and reduce postage costs. However framed portraits can also be sent. A5 and A4 can be sent framed.

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Finishing touches

All original portraits and silhouettes come mounted in a classic black, white or natural frame. Should you prefer to choose your own frame, it can be sent unframed. Alternatively, I can advise on bespoke framing.

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CONTACT SOPHIE

E:  sophie@sophiewbart.com

T:   07850 100 881

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