Aoife Stokes is an Irish artist working with various mediums to create animal portraits and illustrations.
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With a fondness for furry creatures with eyes that tell stories of mischief and the greying faces that imprint timeless memories in the hearts of their human companions, I love to get a sense of the personality I am drawing. This is why I may ask about the subjects character for commissioned pieces, so that my drawing captures the essence of your pet.
Recreating fond moments in time, your companion animal can be a work of art. My portraits can serve as a memorial keepsake for deceased pets. They can celebrate a special day like winning a trophy or playing catch. Portraits of family pets or wild animals make perfect home decor for a child’s nursery, bringing a love of animals to the even the smallest.
My fondness for children’s books has inspired my illustrative style work. Simplistic, dreamy or detailed work. I can create a portrait or series of smaller portraits to suit your needs. I offer plain backgrounds, soft focus backgrounds and detailed backgrounds upon requirements.
Commissions are completed on a first come, first served basis. Please book custom work through email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 6 weeks in advance.
*** During holiday periods such as Christmas and Thanksgiving, please book 8-10 weeks in advance. If you would like to commission a portrait as a gift for 25th December 2017, please book by 20th October 2017.
Originals and Prints
Originals are named, dated, stamped and come with certificate. They are once off portraits and cannot be photocopied, multiplied and sold.
Prints of originals are limited, numbered, dated and stamped. These prints may not be reproduced. Prints come in a number of sizes.
Custom handmade cards are on a commission basis. Order 5 weeks in advance.
The smallest size I offer at present is 8 x 10 inches (A4), which is suited best for a portrait capturing the head and shoulders. Larger sizes are suitable for two animals in one drawing or full body.
Photographs of animals must be in focus and well lit to create a detailed drawing. 30% deposit is required before commissions are begun. Final payments due upon completion of work once you are happy with the portrait.
All shipping costs and delivery times are estimated. These are dependant upon postal service and shipping option chosen.
For bookings and queries please email: email@example.com
A few tips for taking a photo of your pet / choosing a photo:
- Take the photo in daylight, with the sun to their face
- Do not use the flash – this causes red eye and spot correcting removes detail
- Take the photo at their level
- Hold a treat behind the camera to keep them still
- Get as close as you can without moving the camera