Portraits by Debbie K Morris

Fine Art - Wildlife - Portraits - Commissions
AWARD WINNING ARTIST

Thank you for visiting my page...I specialise in hyperrealism drawings that I draw by pencil [pastel].  Whether you are looking for an original or it is prints art, I can help.  Whatever you are looking for, you may be interested in how this all started

A little girl of about 7 years old once sat in the living room at home with her elderly Grandfather who was baby-sitting. In an effort to occupy and keep her quiet, he handed her a scrap of paper and a pencil and said ‘show me what you can draw’. The little girl stared adoringly at her ‘Grampie’ and began drawing a picture of a bald old man wearing glasses, a thin moustache, smoking a roll-up and sitting in a huge armchair. When she had finished she proudly said ‘there Grampie; I can draw you!!’ He smiled, gave her a huge kiss and told her how proud he was of her and how clever she was. He then carefully folded the scrap of paper, pushed it gently into his tatty brown wallet and said ‘I’m going to keep that forever and take it with me everywhere’. The little girl smiled and cuddled her Grampie: That his where her love for drawing and capturing the true likeness of her subject began.

As I grew up I used drawing with pastel pencils as my way to relax, a release, something to do and enjoy. Lots of people suggested I use my ‘talent’ in my future career but for me drawing was something special, something I never wanted to have to do and so I embarked on a life of offices and administration. I continued to take the occasional commission and as a young mum, I used to enjoy capturing the different stages of my children growing up and many-a-portrait was produced for friends of their children and pets.

As the years went on, life began to get in the way. Mum of two lively teenagers, a divorce, selling and buying a house, a re-marriage and then at 40 something, I enrolled onto a 3-year post-graduate university course in an effort to better my career. The pencils and easel got neatly packed away and put up into a dark corner of the loft; the hours turned to days, the days to weeks and the weeks to years and drawing just became a distant memory of something I used to love to do.

Fast forward to 2018 and a moment of reflection on what a ridiculously busy life I had, what crazy hours I worked and what things I could do to redress my work-life balance. I took a torch, pulled down the loft-ladder and blew the dust off my carefully packed drawing materials and easel from 25 years ago. That’s when I decided to see if I could still do it and to have a go at drawing ‘Double Trouble’, my babies of today, my two stunning Weimaraner's Tiho and Tala…….

……..the rest as they say…………..is history!!

So from pastel pencil pet portraits, portraits of people and photo portraits, I have now expanded my port folio and art for sale to include a wide range of painting pastels of wildlife in hyper realistic painting styles. From Art Original to art for sale to fine art prints, everything you want is here. If you cannot find what you are looking for just note me and let me know - I am happy drawing portraits or subjects of almost any kind.

This has resulted in my proudly receiving a number of awards which can be viewed on the 'Awards' page of the website

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Commission - Information
I paint what I see and I assure an excellent likeness of the photos you provide.

You will need to provide high quality photo which needs to be approved and agreed by the artist before work is commissioned. Photo shoots local to the artist can be arranged subject to an agreed fee.

  • The best photos are achieved in natural daylight or by a large window.  This ensures true colours and detail are captured
  • Avoid direct sunlight or shady corners as both can make the end picture too bright or dark in places.  Sunshine can also make your subject squint or create dark shadows which takes away from the detail we want to achieve.  Choose a bright but overcast day ideally and with the sun behind you.
  • Use a High Definition/Resolution camera [even phone cameras have good quality settings on them these days] and take as many picture as you possibly can; one of them will be what you want.  
  • Get in as close as you can, don't leave lots of background behind the subject unless you want this incorporated into the picture
  • Take the picture at the subjects level if you can as this prevent weird distortion
  • Have someone to help you - if the subject is a pet, take treats or a favourite toy and try to let the other person encourage your pet to pose whilst you click away...keep clicking...keep clicking!!
  • When you think you have the photo you want - just take a bit more time taking some really close up photos of feature like eyes, mouth - this really helps me to get the colours right and to capture the personality and soul of your subject
  • We can draw multiple subjects in one picture and these photos can be taken separately but remember they have to work.  So the lighting and colours need to be right and the focal-line has to be complimentary.  So both looking at the lens or both looking away - if one is looking up and the other down, that's unlikely to work.  
  • If required, I can provide a concept/mock-up of what your portrait will look like before we make a start on it.
The quality of the picture is very important.......remember I can only recreate what I can see in terms of colour, quality and detail.  I will decline to work from poor quality photos as they will not enable me to do justice to your picture.


Getting Up Close and Personal!

A studio in a spare room of the house, I now shut myself away with a sofa for the dogs and my easel in the corner and do what I love doing. I have been absolutely determined to get better and better and to create portraits that not only are an excellent likeness but that also completely capture the heart and soul of the subject.

For me I like not just to look at a picture from a distance but to go up close, to see the detail involved. I like to see every mark, every line, every hair, every sparkle of an eye but most of all. I like to achieve hyperrealism art and paintings pastel

For commission work I pride myself in obtaining a true likeness of the subject. I like to get the reaction of the person commissioning it – I like to know I have created something for them that means the world, that they can look at and see and hear the personality of their loved one from within the picture. I never cease to be immensely proud that people want my art as a forever keepsake in their homes.

When I am not working on commissions, I like to work on wildlife, using my own or royalty/copyright-free photo references to continue doing what I love, challenging myself to continually improve drawing portraits

As long as there is something on the easel, I am content!

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Hope you enjoy this short video of how it all happens

The awesome 'Benji' - such a challenge to paint but an example of wildlife art that captures the hyper realistic portraits that I strive to achieve

Hope you enjoy this short video of how it all happens

Stages of the painting of Fields of Gold - Hyper realistic painting - original work and prints art available

Hope you enjoy this short video of how it all happens

Stages of the painting of Mountain Ghost - hyper realistic artist

So what makes a good photo? - CLEAR - COMPLETE - CLOSE

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  • You need to be able to zoom right in and see the detail

  •  If you want a full body shot make sure you get everything in - no missing toes or tails :-)

  • Don't take it too far away - I wont be able to capture the detail

The most important thing to remember is that for a pet portrait or any other art portraits, I can only draw what I see. We can work together and I can guide you to ensure that what you provide is going to give you the portrait gift that you want




So what makes a good photo? NATURAL LIGHTING

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Picture Exposure

  • Try to take in a natural daylight setting
  • Too sunny or bright there will be bleaching, squinting etc
  • Too misty or dark and we wont be able to see the detail we want

MOST IMPORTANT: Don't give up - we aren't photographers but we can and will get a picture we can work with - just keep trying - take loads - when you see the pose you want just keep clicking - one of them will be the one!! If you are not sure if its good enough just send it across to me and I am happy to advise. I am happy to receive as many pictures as you want to ensure we get the one that is right for you.


Agreement to these terms & conditions is required at ordering stages

In the following section, I am referred to as 'the artist' - you are referred to as 'the client'

A 30% non-refundable deposit secures the clients order and enables work to be added to the artists list of work.

Acceptable reference material must be provided within 3 months of the deposit being paid or of the date the commission is listed for start/completion. The client will be advised of this at the time of paying the deposit. The artist reserves the right to increase prices or decline the commission [without deposit refund] if the above timescale is exceeded.

Portraits are quoted for per subject only - if a background is required please advise and this can be quoted separately.

Once work has been completed a copyright protected copy will be provided for your approval

The full balance becomes payable prior to dispatch

PAYMENT
Orders/Commissions will not be processed or despatched until payment has been made. Any item ordered remains in 'FOR SALE' status until funds have cleared through the nominated bank account. Original items are sold to the buyer who credits the account first. If you wish to make a payment via PayPal this can be done using email debbiemorris1810@outlook.com

Delivery lead times will be advised at the deposit stage but are approximate and subject to change as needed.

SHIPPING:  UK Only
Prints
are shipped for a fee of £10 for up to 5 items
Over 5 items cost to be advised subject to weight, size and destination
Prints sent in a secured cardboard tube or flat packed reinforced package
Items are sent via Royal Mail Track and Trace and insured. A signature is required on delivery.
Original Artwork
Post , packing & insurance is extra in all cases
Original artwork will be sent in protective packaging via Royal Mail Parcel Force and fully insured
Cost will be advised depending on destination and value of product.

SHIPPING: Overseas
Post , packing & insurance is extra in all cases
Cost will be quoted separately and is subject to size, weight and final destination
Orders placed online may not deduct sufficient payment in which case a further payment will be required prior to despatch

Copyright of the artwork and any copies remains with artist unless otherwise agreed in writing.

Artist reserves the right to use all artworks for advertising and print production purposes unless agreed otherwise in writing.

Portraits are supplied without mount [mat] and unframed. Framing can be provided at extra cost [UK only] - quotation will be provided once details are known

Disclaimer: It is assumed that all reference material, photos etc provided to the artist are owned by the client or that the client has obtained the necessary permission to allow them to be used

Subject to final confirmation pre-order

Commissions - Size and Price Guide [subject to change depending on actual requirements]

Approx 21cm x 30cm
A single less detailed portrait suitable for a smaller room

Approx 30cm x 40cm
Recommended for single subjects only. Large enough to be impressive but small enough for an average size room

Approx 35cm x 50cm
Recommended for more detailed subjects or two small subjects in one picture

Approx 50cm x 70cm
A striking size for one portrait or for between 2 to 4 smaller subjects
Final price is subject to sight of photograph and complexity of picture.

Background extra - price depending on what is required

Computer mock-up/concept - £25.00
This can be produced prior to commencing drawing if you want to see what your portrait will look like before it is started

Other sizes and prices available on request.

Photographer photo shoot session - Prices Subject to details - please enquire

Disclaimer: It is assumed that all reference material, photos etc provided to the artist are owned by the client or that the client has obtained the necessary permission to allow them to be used

PRICES
See Pricing Table on next page for details of Prices

PRINTS

Prints of original work are available on request - see shop for information but please enquire if you have specific or individual requirements


Other Sizes Available - Please Enquire

SIZE 1 - Approx 21cm x 30cm

£375
  • - Size/Prices are subject to final confirmation/agreement of requirements
  • - single subject/less detailed portrait suitable for a smaller room
  • - Detailed background extra [price depends on what is required]
  • - Computer mock-up/concept add to order - see prices
  • - Please accept Terms and Conditions when ordering

SIZE 2 - Approx 30cm x 40cm

£425
  • - Recommended for single subjects only. Large enough to be impressive but small enough for an average size room
  • - Detailed background extra [price depends on what is required]
  • - Size/Prices are subject to final confirmation/agreement of requirements
  • - Computer mock-up/concept add to order - see prices
  • - Please accept Terms and Conditions when ordering

SIZE 3 - Approx Size 35cm x 50cm

£500
  • - Recommended for more detailed subjects or two or three smaller subjects in one picture [please order additional price for each extra subject]
  • - Detailed background extra [price depends on what is required]
  • - Size/Prices are subject to final confirmation/agreement of requirements
  • - Computer mock-up/concept add to order - see prices
  • - Please accept Terms and Conditions when ordering

Extra Subjects on SIZE 3

£75
  • Add 1 item for EACH additional subject required

SIZE 4 - Approx Size 50cm x 70cm

£575
  • - A striking size for one portrait or for between 2 to 4 smaller subjects depending on the detail required
  • - Detailed background extra [price depends on what is required]
  • - Size/Prices are subject to final confirmation/agreement of requirements
  • - Computer mock-up/concept add to order - see prices
  • - Please accept Terms and Conditions when ordering

Extra Subjects on SIZE 4

£100
  • Add 1 item for EACH additional subject required

Computer Mock-Up

£25
  • - Computer mock-up/concept [This can be produced prior to starting your painting to see what your portrait will look like]



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AWARDSAWARDSAWARDS
Some of my proudest moments in 2021 have been the recognition from both Art professionals and members of the public in judging and awarding my work.

My Hare - 'Fields of Gold' achieved a Platinum Award BEST IN SHOW - INTO THE WILD 2021 VISUAL - ARTS EXHIBITION by Camelback Gallery

My Snow Leopard 'Mountain Ghost' achieved First Place in the Traditional Artwork - Adult Category of the Snow Leopard Conservancy's 2021 Art & Poetry Competition

My Green Python 'All Coiled Up' has achieved two awards - Wildlife Artist of the Year 2021 - by The Artist Lounge and a Silver Award - REALISM 2021 INTERNATIONAL JURIED PAINTING COMPETITION by Camelback Gallery

My Hare - 'Golden Gaze' - achieved a place in Best of the Best - Best of Show October 2021 - https://www.topartawards.com/open-contest-october-2021?pgid=kuyatw6v-09ae790b-7cd7-451d-91ac-aa7dcef61d9f
Illustration can be seen in the Gallery

My Hare - 'Fields of Gold' achieved a - Finalist - 2021 Artwork of the Year  https://www.camelbackgallery.com/2021artworkoftheyearaward/
Illustration can be seen in the Gallery