As an artist and animal lover, I am drawn to illustrating wildlife because it allows me to merge my passion for art with my deer appreciation for the beauty and diversity of animals. I find boundless inspiration in both the captivating British wildlife and the exotic creatures of Africa, each offering unique artistic challenges and opportunities for conveying the wonder of the natural world.
Sophie has a beautiful collection of designs for personalised notecards
- the perfect gift!
* Foxes and pheasants, butterflies and bees, elephants, vintage cars, sports, music - the list goes on!
* Choose your design, wording, font and colour
* Elegantly packaged in a luxury gift box, ready to present
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How long will my portrait take?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.
What media do you use?I draw portraits in graphite pencil on heavyweight cartridge paper and coloured pastel pencils on Clairefontaine pastelmat.
Can I combine a multi subject portrait with different photos?It is preferable to work from a single reference photo to ensure the correct relative sizes of the subjects and also that they have the light sources and shadows. However, sometimes this is not possible, especially with memorial portraits, so please get in touch and we can discuss what photos you have and how best to use them.
Can you alter reference photos?Yes and no. I am able to change details such as hair and clothing (and in fact during the Covid lockdown had to give a number of haircuts!) but I am not able to change facial features, such as to make a subject smile for example. This is because the process of smiling alters every muscle in the face as well as entirely changing the view of the eyes.
Is my portrait framed?I always feel the unveiling of a portrait is much more powerful when in a frame so I offer a classic box frame in black, white or natural as standard. I am also happy to provide a quote to have it professionally framed if you prefer, or to send it unframed for you to frame yourself. Portraits A3 and larger being shipped internationally are sent unframed: pencil portraits in a secure postal tube and pastelmat in a hardback sleeve.
What payment methods do you accept?I accept most major credit cards and Paypal on my website, I do not pass on the processing fee to my clients. I also accept online bank transfer and cash.
Am I required to pay a deposit?I always ask for a £50 deposit before starting on a commissioned work
Do you offer refunds?I do not offer refunds on bespoke work but in the unlikely event that you are not satisfied with your portrait, I am happy to work on this to ensure that you are
What subjects do you draw?Anything you want! My subject range is extensive: children and pets, buildings, cars and boats, wildlife, watches and jewellery.