QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Here are some frequently asked questions and their appropriate answers.
SHOP & COMMISSION RELATED QUESTIONS:
Q: WHEN DO YOU SHIP ORDERS?
I ship shop orders within the week of purchase. I have a different system for Commissioned Paintings. If there is a cultural holiday coming up or any sudden disruption in the postal service, I will send out an email regarding any happenings which may affect your order arriving. I also send notification emails to inform you that the parcel is in the postal service.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON COMMISSIONS?
I am open to commission hire. I do have a few rules, in that I won't create work which is nsfw. I am currently open for Portrait & Pet paintings, as well as illustration based work. If you have any questions, you can check my "Shop FAQ" or send me a message via the About Page. Upon ordering a commission, I will send through a contract which is binding and ask for a small starter fee as part of an agreement. With the contract will be all the necessary information; time-frame, shipping costs etc.
Q: DO YOU SHIP INTERNATIONALLY?
Yes, I do! It is not subjected to orders from my shop either. If you would like to order a commission, where you are in the world will only affect the shipping cost.
Q: HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY ORDER TO ARRIVE?
For any orders placed in the UK, which is where I currently live, I do hope that any orders placed will be on your doorstep within a week of it being placed in the postal system. For International Orders, please allow up to a month before messaging me about your parcel not arriving.
Q: I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT MY SHOP ORDER/I WOULD LIKE TO CANCEL, CAN I HAVE A REFUND?
*THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO COMMISSIONS (see above). Unless the order has been packaged and shipped, I cannot issue a refund unfortunately as I am a small business and I cannot afford to. However, if there is a problem with your order when it arrives to you, I will be willing to discuss the next steps to rectify the issue.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE MATERIALS?
Since I work with a variety of mediums, I couldn't say what was my favourite, however, I would implore everyone to try out different materials to see what they like the most.
Q: DO YOU WORK DIGITALLY OR TRADITIONALLY MORE?
I use both simultaneously. For some previous works, I have finalised the work digitally, whilst others have been using traditional mediums such as watercolour or oil. I like the rawness I can achieve from using more traditional mediums but I also like the more solid nature of using a digital medium.
Q: YOU'RE A PHOTOGRAPHER, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON PHOTOSHOP?
My opinion on Photoshop is simple; I don't believe it should be used to make a decent photograph better through heavy doctoring. I am a firm believer in Photographic practices that a raw image with slight alterations tells a stronger story than a heavily doctored image which has lost its' story.
Q: ANALOGUE OR DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY?
For me, both of them have their personal attributions. I currently work with digital photography instead of analogue because of time constraints. However, when I can, I do use analogue film cameras.
Q: DID YOU GO TO ART SCHOOL AND DO YOU THINK ITS WORTH IT?
I am currently a university student studying Art and though being at an arts university has its perks, I don't believe that you need to go to art school to be a successful artist in this day and age. I have learnt a lot and gained loads of skills I otherwise would not have had if I had not gone, but I would say that if art is your true passion, you do not need a degree to pursue it. You need a stellar portfolio and a good attitude. However, if you love what you do, it will be clear in your work.
Q: WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO A YOUNG ARTIST?
My advice is to follow what you want to create but never forget the fundamentals. Drawing from life is essential since artists create work inspired by what we see/have seen around us. I think it is also important to not worry about finding a style, in your paintings/illustrations. Your natural style will eventually appear. I would also advise going to galleries and art festivals when you can. Immerse yourself in the work you see around you and take that with you when you create your own work.