How to place an order

Let’s say you’d like to commission me.
Excellent choice!
(Well… Of course I’d say that!)

You will need to get in touch and talk about your ideas in more detail with me.
To make the further process super simple, I put together this handy list of questions.
This is not a must – it is here to help you be prepared for our discussion, if you like.

PAINTING

1. What is it you’d like the portrait of? Is it human, pet, an animal? How many subjects? Anything else – preferred background, a name, writing?

2. When do you need this done for? Pastels are much quicker than oils, because they don’t require any drying time. However, if not protected correctly, they can smudge!

3. What size are you after? Bigger works take longer to produce, minimum of two – three weeks and usually, there is a waiting list (sorry!)

4. What is your chosen art medium? I am most skilled in oil paints, pastels, or charcoal. I can use digital inks or pencils. I don’t work in watercolour, because they scare me.

5. Do you wish for the finished work to be framed, on a board, paper, or stretched canvas that doesn’t need framing?

6. Are you keen to be involved in the process, for example to see the initial sketch, or would you prefer a complete surprise once the work is complete? Please note, the deposit payments are non refundable.

7. Will you collect the finished work, or am I to post it? Please note, p&p would be added on top of the price of the work.

8. Would you give us your kind permission to share the finished work online?

PHOTOGRAPHY

1. What is it you’d like a photograph of? Is it a set, several themes? How many hours shall I reserve?

2. How soon do you need this done?

3. Do you request prints? I can provide A4 fast, bigger formats would take at least a week.

4. Do you prefer black and white or coloured photographs, or both?

5. Is there a specific format you need, e.g. landscape, or portrait? Any other editing requests (no tilting, extra objects removal etc.)

6. Will you collect the finished work, or am I to post it? Please note, p&p would be added on top of the price of the work. This does not apply to digital files, unless you require a USB stick.

7. Would you give us your kind permission to share the finished work online?

Restored old vintage photograph of mother holding a baby, sitting on a simple wooden chair with a plant in the background

RESTORATION

1. What do you need restored? Photographs, films, slides?

2. How soon do you need this done?

3. Do you request prints? I can provide A4 fast, bigger formats would take at least a week.

4. Do you prefer black and white or coloured photographs, or both?

5. Is there a specific format you need, e.g. landscape, or portrait?

6. Will you collect the finished work, or am I to post it?
Please note, p&p would be added on top of the price of the work.

7. Would you give us your kind permission to share the finished work online?

These are the questions I ask every single one of my clients. There has never been any issues, I will happily explain everything to you in as much detail as you like. I always do my best.

Deep Fake era of an AI: who can spot the difference?

Which image is real?

Take a really good look at these two images.

Fake image of a snowy hills, created by artificial intelligence, AI
Frozen tree bending over completely covered in snow, with a pink sunset sky behind it, winter at a high mountains
Here are some tips that work for me… Real photographs often aren’t perfect, neat and flawless, almost as if they were made of plastic. There may be noise. There may be a mess. Artificial images contain fairly obvious mathematical repetition (such as the shadows in the image on the left), the weird patterns that make no sense (such as the snow texture at the bottom of the image) or an unnatural shape (oval sun? Oh please….). These will give you a hint that a view may be computer generated. Colours may also be too strong, although the image on the right is fairly colourful. It’s just too, too perfect, and real life – well – isn’t.

I see far too many people believe in the influx of artificial computer generated images online as “real”. So I feel it is important to talk about this more. Unless you don’t mind being fooled and have a warped perception of reality (oblivion is a bliss), we need to learn how to distinguish between the two. We have to start teaching this more. That is our challenge for the years ahead!

Did you like this short read? You may also enjoy reading this ARTICLE.

Did you see this story about AI winning a professional photographic competition, made as a STUNT? Ehmmm…. Makes you think, doesn’t it? Yes, technology is impressive and gets incredibly convincing results.
When do we start to draw a line to protect our genuine, imperfect, vulnerable and unique humanity? Do you feel like things are getting out of hand?

Want to test yourself?
Here is one more LINK for you.