It’s that time again! Portraits make great holiday gifts.

The holiday portrait commission deadline this year is December 5th for domestic orders.
If you’re located outside of the US, I recommend getting your order in ASAP so it can be shipped out soon. I can’t provide any guarantees about international shipping times.

Below, you’ll find a review of some of the portrait options I have listed on my website, as well as a $5 holiday special and free domestic shipping. These offers will only be available until December 5th, but are good for anyone who finds their way to this public blog entry, so feel free to share the link.

$5 PORTRAIT SPECIAL

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*$5 for any photograph.
*Based on your provided photograph of people, pets, houses, vehicles, etc.
*4″ x 6″ quick black and white drawing in pen & ink and graphite on heavy weight paper.
*Style is somewhat realistic, but expressive and energetic. These aren’t caricatures, but they’re a bit exaggerated and funky.
*This is a one shot deal- there’s no sketch/approval process. You pay $5 and get my interpretation of your photo. If you want more control over the process, or are looking for something more traditional, take a look at the watercolor options under the cut.
*A single color highlight can be added to the black and white drawing for no extra cost.
*A name or short message can be added in hand lettering for no extra cost.


6″ X 9″ COLOR MARKER PORTRAIT

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More people samples.
More pet samples.

*$20 for any photograph.
*Based on your provided photograph of people, pets, houses, vehicles, etc.
*9″ x 6″ color drawing in pen & ink and colored marker on heavy weight paper.
*Style is somewhat realistic, but expressive and energetic. These aren’t caricatures, but they’re a bit exaggerated and funky. Colors are bright and exaggerated.
*This is a one shot deal- there’s no sketch/approval process. If you want more control over the process, or are looking for something more traditional, take a look at the watercolor options below.
*A name or short message can be added in hand lettering for no extra cost.

9″ x 12″ WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT

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More people samples.
More pet samples.

*$60 for first subject (individual person or animal), + $15 for each additional subject in the same painting. Houses, vehicles, and scenery count as one subject unless especially intricate.
*Based on your provided photograph of people, pets, houses, vehicles, etc.
*9″ x 12″ watercolor portrait on high quality cold press watercolor paper.
*Style is realistic and fairly traditional, although my watercolors tend to be looser and more spirited than some you may have seen. The look is a lot softer than the color marker portrait.
*You will have the chance to approve or request revisions to a preliminary drawing before the painting is finalized.

10″ x 14″ WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT

*$80 for first subject (individual person or animal), + $20 for each additional subject in the same painting. Houses, vehicles, and scenery count as one subject unless especially intricate.
*Other details same as above.

Prints or holiday cards of your portraits
*If you’d like to have multiple copies of your commissioned portrait for gift giving, I can produce prints for you, or even notecards to send out for the holidays.
*Prints are made with a professional quality inkjet printer on photo paper.
*8.5″ x 11″ in glossy or matte finish, $10 each or 4/$35
*11″ x 17″ in glossy only, $30 each or 4/$100
*5.5″ x 4.5″ notecard with envelope, matte only, packaged set of 5/$12, inquire for discounts on larger orders. Message of your choice can be printed on the interior. Artist’s credit will be printed on the back.

Ordering/Payment instructions
*Contact me at joanna at joannabarnum dot com with your photographs, to confirm the total for your order and the suitability of the photos you want to work with. Please mention this blog entry, so you can receive the shipping discount.
*Once your total has been confirmed, send payment to the same address via Paypal. I cannot begin your portraits until I’ve received payment/deposit. Payment in full is required for any orders of $20 or less. For larger orders, you have the option of making a 50% deposit, with the balance due upon digital preview of your portraits. If you place your order close to the Dec. 5 deadline or must mail your payment, you may prefer to make payment in full up front to be sure shipment of your portrait is not delayed.
*If you need to pay via check or money order, contact me for my mailing address.
*Standard shipping within the US is free if you mention this blog post. US Priority shipping is $5.
*International shipping is $1 for the $5 portrait size, $2 for a 9″ x 6″ or 9″ x 12″, please ask for a custom quote for larger items.
*I ship via USPS. $5 portraits are mailed in business sized envelopes. All other portraits and small prints are packed with a rigid backing and an interior waterproof sleeve. Large prints are rolled in a mailing tube.

Legal stuff
*You are only purchasing the original artwork, not the copyright to it. You may not use your portrait for commercial purposes without making arrangements with me to do so. I don’t mind if you want to post it on your personal website, facebook, blog, etc. but a link to my website (http://www.joannabarnum.com) would be nice.
*Completed portraits may be posted here or on my website, and/or used for other self promotional purposes. If you want me to wait to post the portrait online until after the holidays because you’re worried the recipient might see it, please let me know.
*By sending me a photo to work from, you signify that you either own the copyright to the photo, or have permission from the copyright owner to use it in this manner.
*Sales tax is owed for any orders being shipped to Maryland, but Maryland law says I can pay the sales tax on it myself, which I’ll be doing because it’s just easier that way.

Contact info
E-mail: joanna at joannabarnum dot com
Paypal: joanna at joannabarnum dot com
AIM: artemisiasyn
Yahoo: artemisiasyn
Gmail chat: joannabarnum
Website: http://www.joannabarnum.com

Portrait not the right gift?
I can make prints of just about any piece in the galleries on my website. You can also check out what originals and other goodies I have at Etsy.

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