Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost to commission a pet portrait?


The cost of a personalised pet portrait mostly depends on the size and medium. Coloured pencil portraits typically involve many more hours of work, so are priced higher than watercolour portraits. I offer a range of sizes to choose from, my smallest starting at £110 for a 6 x 6” portrait, up to my largest at £400 for an A3.

A full list of portrait sizes and prices can be found here. If you’d like a custom size that I haven’t listed, please get in touch for a quote.




How do I commission a pet portrait?


If you’d like to order your own pet portrait from photos, please contact me to check availability. You can send your photos to me by email, and once we’ve agreed on the best reference photo to work from, a 50% deposit is needed to secure your booking.




What size portrait should I order?


This is a completely personal choice, but here are some good points to consider when choosing a portrait size:

  • Think about where you’d like to display your drawing or painting. If you have a lot of available wall space a larger portrait will fit better and look good on display. Equally, a smaller space might suit a smaller portrait better.
  • Consider whether you’d like to get your portrait mounted as well as framed. A mount will add a bit of extra size, so it’s a good idea to think of this when planning where you’ll display it.




How long does it take to finish a pet portrait?


Depending on the size, it can take between 1-3 weeks to finish a portrait. I am often busier around periods such as Christmas, so If you’d like to order a pet portrait as a gift please contact me well in advance to book in.




Can I have more than one pet in the same portrait?


I’m more than happy to draw or paint more than one pet in the same portrait. To ensure enough detail is captured in your portrait, I recommend choosing a size no smaller than 9x12”. I can also work from separate photos, so don’t worry if you don’t have a good photo of them together!




I’m not sure which photo would be best to draw from. Can you advise?


Of course! Please feel free to send me as many photos as you like. I will take a look and let you know which one I think is the best reference to work from. You can send your photos to me by emailing info@sashamalikart.co.uk




What materials do you use?


I only use the highest quality materials when creating your portrait. For coloured pencil portraits I use a combination of Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran D’Ache Luminance, and Prismacolor pencils on heavyweight Stonehenge Paper. For watercolour portraits I use Winsor & Newton Cotman paints on Daler Rowney Hot Pressed Watercolour Paper.