Portrait Commissions

Below are the options I offer for custom portrait commissions | Shipping worldwide

Any subject welcome such as dogs, cats, people, birds, horses, rabbits etc. Capturing a true likeness is of upmost importance to me. I only use the highest quality soft pastels with excellent lightfastness ratings, meaning they stay in their original condition for a very long time.

Sizes are listed in centimetres / inches

1 subject

30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7″ | £250

35 x 45 cm / 13.7 x 17.7″ | £280

40 x 50 cm / 15.7 x 19.6″ | £340

50 x 60 cm / 19.6 x 23.6″ | £450

50 x 70 cm / 19.6 x 27.5″ | £500

70 x 95 cm / 27.5 x 37.4″ | £750

2 subjects

30 x 50 cm / 11.8 x 19.6″ | £300

40 x 60 cm / 15.7 x 23.6″ | £430

50 x 70 cm / 19.6 x 27.5″ | £570

70 x 95 cm / 27.5 x 37.4″ | £930

3 subjects

30 x 60 cm / 11.8 x 23.6″ | £350

40 x 70 cm / 15.7 x 27.5″ | £580

60 x 95 cm / 27.5 x 37.4″ | £1,050

Booking from outside the UK?

All portrait sizes are listed in £GBP – To see the cost of a portrait size in your currency, please check live currency conversions here: xe.com

Process of booking & completing your portrait

  1. First, please complete the commission submission form below. I will then email you to let you know an estimated completion time depending on my current schedule & the shipping costs based on your location. If you’re happy with the estimated completion time & shipping costs, please reply to my email with your reference photo(s) and any other information you would like me to know.
  1. I will then send you a photo mock-up of your reference photo with your selected background ideas, cropped to the exact dimensions of your chosen paper size. This helps to get an idea for the positioning of the subject(s) within the paper dimensions. When happy with the idea, I will send you a link through my website to pay the first 50% of the portrait cost. Once paid, I will then soon work on your portrait’s composition sketch. After you have approved the composition sketch, I will keep this safe in storage until the time comes in my schedule for me to start work on your portrait.
  1. As soon as I have completed the drawing, I will send you a photo of the result and ask if any changes are needed. Once the artwork is to your satisfaction, I will send you the second and final payment link through my website to pay the remaining 50% + shipping cost. After the payment is complete, I will safely package up your portrait and send it with full tracking information. Your portrait will also include a certificate of authenticity.
An example of how the 2 commission payments are calculated:
The chosen portrait size is £250.00 and the shipping cost for where you are located is £10.00

1st payment to start the process is for 50% of the portrait cost which is £125.00

2nd payment upon completion is for 50% of the remaining portrait cost which is £125.00 plus the £10.00 shipping, making the total amount to be paid here £135.00

Important Extra Information

  • If you’re commissioning a pet portrait & would like to write up a few sentences about his/her personality, I would love to hear it! It helps me incorporate a true sense of them into the portrait.
  • I don’t include illustrated backgrounds in the price but do offer a colour, or a colour gradient of your choice. If you wish to have a background illustrated, I can give you a quote depending on how complex the background is. Portrait background colour ideas can be found HERE.
  • I currently do not offer framing options, however, I personally use frame-company.co.uk and they have very kindly given my clients a promotional offer at checkout for 15% off using the code ‘ShaymusArt‘. I highly recommend their professional and good valued service (not sponsored).
  • UK shipping for all sizes is £10. International shipping will include a £15-50 charge depending on the size and location. Shipping costs will be added to the remaining 50% payment at the end when everything is to your satisfaction. I may also need your mobile number to pass over to the delivery company.
  • To find out the gift wrap presentation option please click HERE.
  • If you need your commission completed by a particular time, please let me know in your commission submission.
  • If you would like 4+ subjects or a larger paper size, please get in touch for a custom quote.
  • Payments are made through my website & can be securely paid by using a wide variety of credit & debit cards options including Visa, Mastercard, Amex + many more. Payments can also be made securely via PayPal – if you are paying via PayPal, I am only able to send orders once the payment has completed.
  • Each portrait comes with a 10% off voucher for a future portrait. This can be redeemed by the commissioner or by a friend who would also like a portrait.

Commission Submission Form

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Terms & Conditions

If you have ANY other questions, please feel free to email me via shaymusart@gmail.com and I’ll answer them as soon as possible. Thank you!


Please visit my gallery to see past completed artworks

View the video process of some of the pet portraits I have already completed in 2022

I often record a short reel video like the ones below for the commissioner so that they can watch the process of their portrait coming to life. If you would like one too, feel free to let me know!

Be sure to select 1080p for the best quality

Recent Commission Testimonials

Alli, UK

What a talent! I am l overwhelmed. The whole experience has been a pleasure and the outcome a joyful one. I am so pleased I found you Shaymus. Your guidance and helpful communication has resulted in such a beautiful portrait and I am thrilled to have something do beautiful for my husbands birthday. Thank you so much.
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Emily, UK

Shaymus was professional throughout and kept us updated on when we could expect the portrait to be completed. There are no words to describe how happy we are with the outcome and I could not recommend Shaymus enough. Our friends think this portrait is a picture due to the detail and realistic look and we are so so proud to have it up on the wall in our lounge for everyone to see. Do not hesitate any longer, message Shaymus to do your portrait… you will not regret it, promise!!

Laura, USA

When I came across Shaymus’ page, I was in awe of the talent. But, the portrait I received exceeded every expectation I had. Shaymus helped me choose a photo he thought would work best and kept me updated throughout the entire process. He captured every detail and I couldn’t be happier with the piece! So much care was taken to package the portrait to ensure it made it to the US safely! It was a gift for my boyfriend but now, I need to order one for myself! 🙂

Amanda, USA

Shaymus is unbelievably talented, nice, and humble! I found him after looking at many artists online, and decided to go with him seeing that he has one of the most realistic /amazing techniques and reasonable pricing I have seen. Communication with him was on point since day 1. He really made the process so enjoyable and easy that I was even sad that the process ended! The final result was even more spectacular in person! My portraits were wrapped and shipped extremely well in such beautiful packaging as well. It even came with their mini portraits as authenticity cards. Very very professional, well thought-out and the best pet portrait artist out there!! I will be coming back for the rest of my cats. Thank you so much Shaymus, you are very much appreciated!

Katie, USA

Shaymus is an absolutely amazing artist. I am just blown away by his detail and artistry! His communication was excellent. The shipping was super fast! When he realised this was being sent to me in the US, he took the extra time to package my portrait carefully to ensure it would get to me safely. He just exceeded my expectations and loved this buying experience. And my pet portrait is BRILLIANT!! I love it so much! I am so happy with how it turned out, I purchased another one!

Karen, UK

I can’t put into words how blown away I am with my commission. It surpasses any expectations I had. Every little detail is perfect, it’s almost like magic. I cannot wait to get it framed and on the wall. Shaymus was incredible to work with from start to finish … I follow a lot of artists on social media, but, when I found Shaymus’ page I was in awe of his talent. Even the standard of care that is taken to package the piece is unbelievable. This artist works to the highest standard. I would highly recommend and will definitely use again in the future.

Kat, UK

From inception to completion (including much-needed help with the frame selection), I had complete confidence in the evolution process of a sketch into a perfectly detailed portrait of my son’s late, beloved dog, Homer. Shaymus, who kept me fully informed throughout the process, has captured Homer’s warmth, devotion, sweet natured spirit and given him life, the detail is so beautiful, you almost feel you could reach out and touch him. I would like to extend a warm thank you to Shaymus and would highly recommend this exceptionally gifted artist.

Lottie, UK

I just want to say thank you so much for how truly beautiful it is! I can not get my head around how perfectly you have captured him and it honestly looks like I’m going to reach out and be able to feel him there! … Myself and all owners of one of your portraits are so lucky to be able to have something you’ve managed to capture so well! I just want to say Thank you so much for bringing my best pal a lil closer back to me!