|Wildlife Art, Paintings, Prints and more by Kim Hohlweg||
I offer life-like portraits of most animal subjects such as dogs, cats, horses, rabbits etc.
Portraits are usually done in pastels on pastel board.
(If the portrait is a gift then please let me know how to contact only you so I don’t ruin the surprise.)
You can email photos to me or send them in the post but use registered delivery if your photos are precious. Please send a good selection of photos that I can work from.
I usually require 1 – 2 months notice, more if you are thinking
of a Christmas gift as this can be a busy time. Sometimes, at quiet times, a commission can be ready quicker and I’ll accommodate a deadline if at all possible.
Use quality images.
Take photo’s outdoors, if possible without a flash. If you must take it inside, take it near a window for natural daylight.
Don’t take it from a standing position looking down at the animal. Instead, take the photo on their eye level, kneel or lie down. Small animals can be picked up and held in position by someone else.
Ensure that your subject fills the viewfinder.
Use toys or treats to get the animal’s attention and get a lively expression.
Don’t use flash it flattens contours and creates red eye.
Try and get a ¾ view, it makes a more interesting three dimensional picture.
Take your time to get it right, it will pay off in the end.
It’s important because your photos are all I have to work with. I know not all subjects are still with us and you may only have a few old photos but let me look at them and I’ll see what I can do.
Portraits are done in pastels and start at around £90 for a single head study with a diffused background.
For a background with some scenery or small extra picture (e.g. the German Shepherd to the right) I charge an extra £30.
Two animals in the same picture is an extra £50.
This includes a plain light wood frame. If you wish to frame your
portrait yourself, because you would simply like to choose your own or the image is to be posted (I don't like posting framed paintings - they don't always arrive in one piece!) then a reduction can be made.
The artist always owns the copyright on paintings, even commissions.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.