The Pet Portrait Process: Your Questions answered from Inquiry to Delivery

Pet Portraits By Cy:  Acrylic Paintings & Charcoal Drawings: The Process Explained


“Zoe” Acrylic on Canvas 18 x 24 in.

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The Inquiry:

You have decided to look into a fine art Painting or Drawing to honor and immortalize your special animal. You have heard about my work,  seen me on Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest or Linkedin,  or through other means have ended up on one of my websites.  Now you have questions and it is time for you to contact me with an inquiry.  This  initial meeting is an important information gathering opportunity for both of us;  You need to know what I am all about, and what I can do for you, and I need to know exactly what you want, and expect,  so as to provide the best possible solution for your need.

The Deposit

Once we have decided to proceed together with a Pet Portrait project, I will Email you an invoice for the first half of the commission cost, which once paid, will  reserve you a spot on my schedule.  I take payments securely through Paypal. You may either use your Paypal account or a credit card.

After your deposit has been made, you will be added to my schedule, and I can then let you know the approximate times of both the starting, and finishing of your portrait. 

I will also, at this time, need 2 or 3 photos of  our subject with one photo being earmarked as “The One” I will portray. The photos below were used for the “Zoe” Portrait above. (You can probably tell…)

Zoe "The One" Reference Photo

Zoe “The One” Reference Photo

The Progress Report

I will be in contact with you via Email from the very beginning of work until the completion of your piece. You will know what stage we are on, and what is happening throughout the whole process.  I do not provide pictures of my work until the Portrait is finished, but you will get  to see Jpeg files of the finished piece for approval.

The Viewing and Approval

When I have finished work on your portrait, and I am happy with every detail,  I will photograph the Painting, or will Scan the Charcoal, and will let you know that an Email containing Jpeg images of the Portrait is being sent to you. Below are Zoe’s approval Jpeg files.

I will ask that you contact me as soon as you have had time to view the artwork.  Most of the time everyone Is thrilled with the finished product, but on the rare occasion that an adjustment needs to be made, then this would be the time to bring it up.

Once you have approved the Portrait, for a Charcoal, I will spray a protective fixative on the piece, or for an Acrylic Painting, I will paint a clear Isolation coat on the Canvas followed by a final protective varnish. These steps will seal and protect the artwork for generations to come and once applied cannot be undone. Charcoal Portraits will be mounted on Foam core backing and placed in a clear protective art sleeve. All Charcoal pieces will need to be PROPERLY FRAMED.

Acrylic paintings will arrive ready to hang for display.

The Final Invoice and Delivery

After approval I will email you a final invoice for the second half of the total commission cost plus any insurance and shipping costs if the Portrait needs to be packaged and sent.

I will then safely and securely package your Portrait. Once I receive your final payment I will Insure your piece and will have it sent through the United States Postal Service.  At the moment I send your package, I will call or email you with the approximate date of arrival,  and opening instructions.  Your package will need to be signed for,  so I will suggest  the package is sent to a place where it can be received and taken care of safely.

If yours is a local order, I will hand deliver your Portrait, and payment can be made at that time.

The Continued Support

As a Cy Hundley Pet Portrait owner, you will always be able to count on me for  advice any time on display,  cleaning and care for your fine art investment. You also will be a member of my Preferred Client Club and will receive many benefits from this as well.

I hope this post has satisfactorily explained the whole Pet Portraits By Cy process for you. Now, please peruse my website:  and send me an inquiry!


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Cy Hundley, Fine Artist,  Chelan Washington  509.415.2496