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Commission

taking orders for spring 2023


Commissioning artwork can be Easy!

My scratch board artwork is black & white and if requested, color can be added. I believe that an etching can capture so much more personality and emotion than a snapshot. With attention to each detail, I can make your picture very personal and a piece you'll treasure a lifetime.

Ordering a piece of artwork can be a anxious time, especially if it is your first time to commission a piece or you are using an artist new to you. Let me make this as fun and as less stressful as possible!

1.) Use the Easy Step by Step Ordering GuideThis is also the reason we recommend you to simply "Bake-in" the shipping prices to your artwork and have them both sell out to have free shipping as an added benefit of purchasing them.line below.

2.) Once I commence working on your piece, I keep you updated on the progress from start to finish working with you so you get the piece you want.

3.) My artwork comes with a quality and likeness guarantee you will be 100% satisfied with the finished etching before it leaves my studio.

HOW IT WORKS

Ordering Your Very Own Commissioned Piece of Artwork

1

Photos

The first stage is to choose your photos. You need to look for a good quality photo with a lot of detail, good lighting and a pleasing angle of the subject(s). This is a very important part of the portrait process so please check out the guild on choosing a good photo.

2

Size and Color

1) Choose your size and 2) black & white or color. I offer a number of different sizes from small to large, your choice many depend on the number of subjects in your portraits and your budget.  If you would like multiple loved ones in your portrait I offer a guide as to the best size for your portrait. 

If you would like prints of your portrait or a digital copy please let me know when you place your order. There is an additional charge.

3

Contact Me

Once you have several photos together and decide upon the size you are interested in, please contact me with your requirements, and attach your photos in the email.Please also mention if you have any specific deadlines such as a birthday or anniversary. Please note, I will try to meet your special occasion but I usually have a waiting list.

4

Payment Information

Once I have seen your photographs and we have discussed your portraits you are ready to place your order. Please read my terms and conditions below. You purchase the size portrait you want. You will recieve an email from me acknowledging your purchase.

I will add your name to my calendar. Schedule 3 to 4 weeks for me to create your portrait.

5

Portrait Progress and Completion

Once I begin working on your portrait I will keep in touch with you via regular emails where you will be able to see your portrait progress throughout it's stages. This will give you the opportunity to make comments along the way and see how your portrait is coming together. many of my portraits are viewed on Fb and  Instagram unless it is a surprise gift.

6

Shipping of your Portrait

After receiving your approval, I will ship your pet portrait to you. 

I guarantee the likeness and quality of my portraits and will make sure you are completely satisfied with the finished etching before it leaves my studio.

My goal is to make you happy when your portrait arrives.

Choosing the Right Photo

My goal as an artist is to produce a portrait that you can treasure for a life time.   To do this, one of the important things I must have are good Photographs. The better the photo is the better the finished picture will be. Many times customers will send a cute photo of their pet, but for one reason or another I am not able to use it. The following is a list that may help with insuring the photograph you choose for your portrait will make a picture you will love. ---However, I am here if you have any further questions.

QUALITY LIGHTING > TURN FLASH OFF > EYE LEVEL WITH SUBJECT

COMMISSION PRICING

Prices depend on the size of the portrait, the number of subjects within the same portrait and whether you would like a head or full body portrait. Each portrait takes many hours to complete, the larger the portrait the longer it takes.   I would be happy to discuss and make suggestions for framing and matting.

I usually work with standard sizes that are the most popular and will fit in standard sized frames. I offer square and custom sizes too for an unique personal portrait or contemporary look, so please contact me if you have a particular size in mind.

PLEASE DISCUSS WITH ME ABOUT COLOR  AND BACKGROUND 
ADDED TO YOUR PORTRAIT.

Many hours are spent on each portrait even the small ones.When color is added to a portrait it may increase the time that is spent on the portrait by almost 2 times.

There are many layers and high lights that go into the colors and MAY increase your cost up to 50%.

The perfect gift

I don't know about you, but I often struggle with gift giving.  So many things today seem so impersonal -- when I give a gift, I want it to convey how important someone is to me. That's why a personalized picture can be the perfect present.

When my son made Eagle Scout, I had many friends express their frustration that there were so few gifts available that not only highlighted the Boy Scout's ideals, but would mean something precious to the Scout. My work, Eagles of Black Mountain, was made to commemorate such an occasion and I think it was even more special because I added items that meant something valuable to that Scout.  (a moon, the eagle, the setting?  All added at the buyer's request.)  Can I help you make something special for your Eagle Scout? .

Another gift idea I hear about often is a thoughtful and personal retirement gift.  For someone who has given a lifetime of honored service to a company, a unique and personalized scratch board picture can be a treasured memento.

For many "pet parents" a scratch board picture of themselves with their pet can be a treasure.  Dogs, cats, horses and their owners are among my most favorite subjects and I hope I have been true in conveying their image, personality and spirit.

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not note pictures for our uniformed service members, both civilian and military.  These are our true heros and I have valued the chances to work with families as we have made just the special gift for their friend or family member.

How can I help you?  Please message me and let's talk about making something special for you.



CUSTOM PORTRAIT POLICY

 By commissioning artist Janet Valentine Funk to create a custom portrait of your pet(s) you understand and agree to the terms explained below.  

Artist Janet Valentine Funk retains all copyrights/rights for reproduction and commercial use of any and all artwork created featuring the likeness of your pet. As the purchaser, you own the original artwork hard copy, but you do not have the right to profit in any way off the image. By purchasing a custom portrait of you pet, you hereby forever grant to Janet Valentine Funk, her legal representatives, successors, assigns, licensees, advertising agencies, and all persons or corporations acting with her permission, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use, reuse, publish and republish, and copyright you pet(s)' likeness, picture and/or portrait drawn by artist Janet Valentine Funk, in whole or part and/or composite representations, in conjunction with your pet(s)/property/animal own or fictitious name, including alterations modifications, derivations and composites thereof, throughout the world and universe for advertising, promotion, trade, retail, commercial or any lawful purposes.  

This right shall include the right to use the pet(s)/property/animal name or to combine the pet/property/animal likeness with others and to alter pet/property/animal likeness, by digital means or otherwise, for the purpose set forth herein. You waive any right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written copy that may be created in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.  

You also waive any right to any future compensation as a result of commercial use of any artwork featuring your pet's likeness. You acknowledge that the commissioned artwork/portrait was conducted in a completely proper and highly professional manner, and this release was willingly agreed to at its termination. you acknowledge that the Model (your pet) is your property and certify that you have given your concent freely. 

You, hereby warrent or that you are the owner of the pet(s)/property/animal named above, that you have read and understood this release and have the legal authority to execute the above release without breach of any prior agreement or applicable law, including but not limited to prior agreement with modeling or talent agencies or any other person, company or entity You hereby release and agree to indemnify the licensed parties and their respective successors and assigns, from and against any and all liability arising out of the exercise of the rights granted by the above pet(s)/property/animal Release. You approve the foregoing and waive any rights in the artwork.  This any rights in the artwork, this agreement shall be binding upon the artist and their heirs, legal representatives and assigns. 



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