Photography by Unleashed Artistry
Animal Portraits in Oil and Pastel by Rachael Dols
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ORDER INFORMATION

I offer very unique and special portraits hand drawn or painted from photographs.

How does it work?

Design Consultation: The first step in the art process is to get to know a bit about your pets and what you are after. This can be  done via phone, email or in person. I will also collect photographs of your pet from you to use for the artwork. This is the most important aspect of the portrait. Below you can see the requirements for photographs.

Portrait Process: During this stage I will create your portrait in the size and style chosen. You will be kept updated on the progress of the portrait from start to finish.

The Final Stage: I offer professional custom framing of artwork for your convenience. I work with my local framer to create a complimentary look with both the artwork and your decor.
You may also choose to have extra prints of your artwork to give to family and friends. All prints are made in a print lab, gicl’ee fine spray inkjet on 100% cotton rag paper.
Once the portrait is perfect you will receive it.



Prices for pastel drawings start at $300.00. Contact me for more details.

Prices for oil paintings start at $400.00.
Contact me fore more details.

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS FOR PORTRAITS

The most important aspect of a portrait is the quality of photo chosen!

Photos need to be very detailed, well lit, sharp and high resolution.

Below are some tips on how to achieve a suitable photo for a pet portrait. Otherwise I provide professional photography as a service also.

If you require photographs taken I can provide this service free of charge if you are local. >25km’s from Wonga Park incurs a fee of $50.00.

TAKE PHOTOS ON A DIGITAL CAMERA AND SEND THE FULL SIZE IMAGE.

- Take photos on a digital camera, rather than a mobile phone or tablet.

- Send the image downloaded straight off the camera in full size.

- Use natural light.




- The image pixilates when zoomed in.

- Detail is very hard to see making it impossible to create a detailed portrait.

- Don’t downsize the image when sending it.

- Don’t take photos with a camera phone or tablet.

GET ON YOUR PETS LEVEL AND FILL THE FRAME

TAKE PHOTOS USING NATURAL LIGHT

- Get on your pets level, as the portrait will be hung at eye level.

- Fill the frame with everything you want in the painting. If you want a head and shoulders portrait make sure there is enough in the photo for me to use. If you want a full body portrait make sure you have a photo of your entire pet in the position you want.

- It is much harder for me to create a limb, or change a pose than it is for you to capture everything you want in the portrait.

- Use natural light, outdoors in full shade works best, or indoors next to a large window.

– Don’t take photos in doors with on camera flash, it reflects off the eyes and creates un natural lighting on the face.

- Try to avoid direct harsh sun as that will produce a lot of unwanted shadows.

THE BEST IMAGE FOR ME TO WORK OFF IS A HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE, TAKEN OUTDOORS IN THE SHADE WITH NATURAL LIGHT ON YOUR PETS LEVEL.

The right frame can create greater emphasis on the piece, creating a border. Portraits without frames can make the viewer distracted to what ever is around the portrait. Framing is a great way to preserve a piece.

Frames vary in price from style and size. Quality framing isn't cheap, but is worth it. Cheap frames are of poor quality, can split, warp or break and may not protect the piece. You cant go wrong with high quality custom frames. I highly recommend that if you are choosing to frame the piece yourself to go and see a professional framer before settling for a cheap quality alternative.  


After all it is a memory that you want to last, so preserving it in a high quality frame is a worthwhile investment


Pastel Drawings
Pastel drawings are framed including glass, acid free mats, and fully sealed to preserve life.

Oil Paintings
Oil paintings are typically framed with no glass and a frame with or without an insert.

All portraits are scanned in high resolution, so that large sized prints can be produced. I keep a log of all portraits, so that if you decide later you would like me to have prints done, just let me know.
All prints are on quality 100% archival cotton rag paper or canvas.

If you would like extra copies of your portrait for yourself or friends, they are an inexpensive way of having it.

Prints are created by a fine print lab.

Prints can also be framed, so do not hesitate to have them done if you are having your portrait framed by my local framer.


Prices & Sizes

All prints are “giclee” and on high quality 100% Cotton rag  fine art paper stock.

Small Sizes:
12” X 10” - 16” X 16”  $50.00 - $85.00

Medium Sizes:
20” X 16” - 24” X 24”  $90.00 - $130.00

Large Sizes:
30” X 20” - 39” X 28”  $140.00+


(Please note, these prices are if you have already purchased the original portrait). These prices are for artwork only not photo prints.  


Postage & Shipping

All portraits are packed to withstand the postage service and the elements. I cover them with clear wrap, (graphite drawings are then placed between MDF board) the whole item is then wrapped in foam padding and several layers of bubble wrap, and the package is finally wrapped in a waterproof outer shell.
As the package is of high value I don’t post any packages without a signature on delivery. I also recommend parcel insurance which is $1.50 per $100 value.


It usually takes around 4-5 business days for standard post, if you would like express post or same day post, please conact me for details.

Prices vary for individual portraits, size and the zone will affect costs, please contact me for a quote. All postage is via Australia Post.

Postage Worldwide
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Want to get something special for someone else as a birthday present, Christmas present, anniversary, you name it. I provide gift vouchers of any value for anyone so they can choose later. If you are short of time or are unsure what exactly the recipient would like then ordering a gift voucher will leave the hard part up to them but still give them that special unique gift.

Gift vouchers are available Online or as hard copies sent out to you or the recipient.

Online gift vouchers arrive via email as soon as payment is received.

Hard copy gift vouchers are posted as soon as payment is received.

Gift vouchers may be used for artwork or photography.

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