Portrait prices are now online displayed in a new shop format.
All prices can be found by clicking the Portrait option in the main menu. Choose a portrait category to view portrait examples and portrait prices below. After clicking on a portrait price you'll be able to select which options you want and view the price for your choices.
Ordering options include 'add to cart' to buy direct online, or continue as before to order by phone or email and pay later with PayPal. Whichever option you choose, I still email a proof image of the completed portrait to ensure the client is completely happy with the portrait before shipping. Changes can be requested to the portrait too before shipping.
In the new 'buy now' option, if it turns out that your photos are not clear enough to work from and you don't have any clearer photos, I will of course refund any payment if you decide then not to proceed with the order.
Building Sketch Service coming soon...
I'll be adding additional portrait products and prices in the coming days, including the popular house portrait sketches.
With my sketches I'm still finalising the details of having a complete product option including picture framing and express worldwide delivery. My sketches have become increasingly popular and they are often requested at short notice for wedding anniversaries for example.
A pencil sketch of a Scottish bothy. The style is a mix between the looser quick-sketch style and the more detailed full pencil drawings.
The finished house sketch was delivered in digital format which allowed for a slight colour adjustment to improve the blacks of the darkest lines before printing by the client at home. House sketches like this are often used for printing at home on cards or office stationary.
A quick pen and ink sketch I drew of an old German brewery in the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden. Pen and ink is a nice combination similar to watercolour in that the ink bleeds by adding water to the paper. I added a bit of texture in places using a soft 8B graphite pencil.
A recent building sketch I completed is now available in an unusual form - printed on chocolate! I was asked to create a sketch of the Bavarian castle 'Burg Gruttenstein' located high up above the old salt town of Bad Reichenhall. It had to be drawn from an unusual angle that is not normally seen from close up because of the steep terrain and surrounding trees. The sketch was then sent to Switzerland to be printed in chocolate on white chocolate 'rounds' before being stuck (with chocolate again) onto hand made chocolates by Zorn Chocolaterie Swiss Art Gmbh in Bad Reichenhall. The first chocolates were handed out as part of a special 'Hoftag' celebration on Saturday 1 June to an awaiting crowd of medieval Knights on a tour through the old town, and the castle sketch motif is to be adopted as the new motif for Burg Gruttenstein castle itself.
The chocolates are now available from 'Zorn Chocolaterie Swiss Art Gmbh' in Bad Reichenhall as part of a special gift set. Other chocolates in the series include the 'Alte Saline' in Bad Reichenhall.