Lots of clients we meet at markets, shows and events often ask about how the commission process works so today we share with you what we do. Firstly , we ask our clients to provide a good quality clear photo for us to work from. This is easier said than done. About 30% of our work is painting animals who have passed so we are often presented with very old , out of focus, and inside light photos. This is usually a very sensitive time for the client so we have to approach this part of the process very carefully. Once we have a photo to work from Andy will start the painting. We use very high quality water colour paper which is textured and 300gms thick. This allows Andy to get the paper quite wet without damaging it. We have to do a line drawing first and then usually build up the layers of paint approx. three times before the painting is finished. The client can then view the painting by email or by phone to make sure they are happy with the finished work. Sometimes clients want to frame the artwork themselves at this point but we can mount and frame for our customers too. The whole process takes roughly a week which equates to 10 hours at the table painting. We hope this gives you a little insight into what we do here at The Animal Artist HQ. If we can help with any commission process questions please give us a call.