Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Portrait Print and Reproduction FAQ

Will you sell prints of my pet portrait?
Labrador Portrait in Charcoal
Yes, I do generally offer fine art prints of commissioned work I do of pets and animals. I have polled some of my clients, asking how they would feel if I sold prints of the artwork they commissioned of their pets. For the most part, reactions have ranged from fine with it to super excited that their pet will be ‘famous’! They also like the idea of a safe, easy place to order greeting cards of their artwork or extra prints in different sizes and on different materials.

In case you are wondering, copyright laws generally give the artist the copyright on their own work even if the original is sold unless otherwise negotiated. For the last few years just to be clear, I have been posting the notice on my listings that I retain full reproduction copyright on all of my work. But please, if you are unhappy that I may be offering your pet’s image for resale on prints or greeting cards, let me know. Making you happy is my top concern. Email me at or give me a call and we can negotiate you retaining the copyright on your commission. Many people like to have me sell prints of their pet portrait, because it increases the exposure and value of the original.
Commission Child Drawing

Will you sell prints of my child or adult portrait?
No. My clients are much more sensitive to privacy concerns when it comes to themselves or their children so I do not sell art prints of human portraits that were commissioned. I may however use your portrait as a sample of my work in my portfolios or online. If you are uncomfortable with this, just let me know. If on the other hand you would like me to offer art prints and greeting cards of your child’s portrait to increase the exposure and value of the original, I am happy to oblige.  

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