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Do's and Don'ts When Ordering an Illustrated Family Portrait!

Updated: May 26, 2021

So lets say, you're in need of a gift.

Whether its for a partner, a parent or maybe you're off to a wedding and need to buy something amazing for the happy couple.

There are many artist, like myself, that can help create a unique portrait that captures a special moment. If you head over to Etsy and type in 'illustrated family portrait' you will see pages and pages of artists all offering different styles of artwork.

So lets say you've looked through the pages and you find the perfect style for your gift. You send a message to the artist to ask some questions and you decide to go ahead.

First of all, let me say, as an Etsy seller, receiving a message like this is wonderful and brightens our day so please take the time to get in touch! We are happy to answer any questions you have!

Right you are ready to go, here are some Do's and Don'ts to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your special gift!

1. Gather photographs that will be helpful.

The first thing I need to start are photographs. Whether its a photograph you want me to recreate exactly, or if you want me to be creative, I still need a handful (at least) of photos. I want to make sure the person identifies with themself in the portrait. I need to see unique markings, tattoos, jewellery. Photographs of people in the outfits you would like me to dress them in is the most useful.

*Remember - I don't know the personality of the person I'm drawing. I have never met them. I need you to give me an idea of their

character so that I can accurately draw them*

Thanks to Aaron for sending me lots of photos of his family, it really helped capture their personalities!

2. Take the time to write a brief for the artist.

The hardest thing for me, is receiving a message saying, please can you draw me