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As a standard I work on Strathmore Bristol paper for graphite portraits and Fabriano Artistico Hot Pressed Watercolour paper for coloured pencil portraits.  My basic fees are based on paper size and are an indicative quote for a portrait with a plain or simple tonal background:


Graphite portrait on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper


15.2cm x 20.3cm (6in. x 8in)                      £130

20.3cm x 20.3cm (8in. x 8in.)                    £140

22.9cm x 30.5cm (9in. x 12in.)                   £185

27.9cm x 35.6cm (11in. x 14in.)                   £230

35.6cm x 43.2cm (14in. x 17in.)                  £275

48.3cm x 61.0cm (19in. x 24in.)                  £365

Coloured pencil on Fabriano Artistico Watercolour paper

15.2cm x 20.3cm (6in. x 8in)                    £185

20.3cm x 20.3cm (8in. x 8in.)                   £195

22.9cm x 30.5cm (9in. x 12in.)                  £235

27.9cm x 35.6cm (11in. x 14in.)                  £325

30.5cm x 45.7cm (12in. x 18in.)                 £415

48.3cm x 61.0cm (19in. x 24in.)                 £550


*I also offer alternative surfaces including Strathmore Bristol Vellum or Smooth paper (270gsm) or white/coloured Clairefontaine pastelmat surface (360gsm). Clairefontaine pastelmat is available in a variety of tones and I would encourage you to review the colour choices online if this is of interest to you.


If you have a different surface size in mind please let me know and where possible I will work to a larger or smaller scale. When choosing the size of your portrait please consider that the overall size of the portrait will increase by approximately 2.5cm to 5.0cm when mounted and a further measure depending on the width of the frame you opt for. 

The price of a commission may vary if the image is very complex, there is a detailed background scene or there is more than one subject in the picture. Each commission is unique and any variation from this basic fee will be discussed and agreed with you at the outset. On average, a portrait will involve between 40 and 60 hours of work. If you wish to have more than one subject in the portrait please add 20% to the price of your chosen portrait size. Please contact me to discuss your specific requirements. 


The prices shown above include postage for the UK. Your completed portrait will be enclosed in acetate with a protective crystal paper sheet, placed on a mountboard and packed in an attractive grey folio. You will also receive a certificate of authenticity and guidance on how to look after your portrait.  The postage will be tracked and sign for special delivery. If you require global shipping please contact me for price conversions and shipping costs.

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