Bespoke Illustration

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Are you looking for a completely unique gift that someone will treasure for a lifetime? Want to give something a bit more special than another silver spoon for a christening present? Or a wedding gift that makes them smile (a lot) more than a set of bath towels? A bespoke illustration could be just the thing.

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Lucy Corkhill creates beautiful, quirky, one-off illustrations completely tailored to the people you love. Commissions have included name illustrations, pictures of children and their animals, family mementoes, illustrated quotes, and all kinds of christening, naming ceremony, anniversary, wedding and new baby gifts.

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Check out some of her past creations here. Find out how to commission your own below.

 

 

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Bespoke Pricing:

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As every piece is unique, prices vary accordingly depending on the amount of work. The following is a guideline to give you an idea.

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– Bespoke child’s illustration – A3 picture of child and their favourite toys/pet etc. – £75

Illustrated name (child’s name, can include picture of child) – £65

 Unique christening picture with personalised message (see gallery for examples) – £95

 A4 Wedding/anniversary illustration (can include picture of married couple, personalised message or quote and decorated to suit) – from £95

A3 Wedding / Anniversary Illustration ( can include picture of couple, their children and stories, all personalised and completely custom-designed) – £165

Personalised artwork – price on request

Bespoke FAQs

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Where do I start in commissioning an illustration?

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You can call me or email me for a friendly, informal chat. Have a look through my gallery to see what sort of illustration you’re thinking of. Things to think about: If it’s for a bespoke christening piece, would you like to include a personal message? If it’s for a big celebration piece, such as a milestone birthday, what chapters and events in the recipient’s life would you like to include? For children’s name illustrations and birthday gifts, think about the kind of things your subject loves: dinosaurs, fairies, cupcakes, books, cats, jungle animals etc.

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How much input will I have in the finished picture?

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After our initial contact, I will draft out some ideas to get a feel for the subject and then get into the creative flow when putting together the finished piece. The initial contact is therefore the time to really make clear what you would like the picture to contain and any extra ideas you have. Some customers are very clear about exactly what they would like, and others are content to let me take the reins in creating the finished piece. Either way, I will work closely with you initially to make sure I have all the information I need, and you can have a look through the gallery on my website and tell me what particular things you like. You can contact me during the process if you have a burning desire to add anything and depending how far along I am, I will do my best to accommodate. However, once the first ink and coloured pencil goes on, I cannot make changes.

What information do you need to create a bespoke illustration?

I pride myself on creating one-off, personalised works of art for you and your loved ones to treasure forever. To do this, I’ll need you to share photos and information about the recipients, and we can work out exactly what you’d like the illustration to include.
All photos and information will be held in the strictest confidence and deleted after use.
I’ll send you a short questionnaire to fill out which helps me create artwork that perfectly meets your requirements.

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Can I purchase an illustration framed?

I have a framer I can work with to set your picture off to its best advantage. We can discuss costing if you’d like to go for this option. However, don’t forget to also factor in the cost of postage as it has gone up so significantly in recent years. I don’t frame pieces that are to be sent overseas – too much risk of breakage and damage! If you live in or near East Sussex, you are welcome to collect a framed piece.

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How long does an illustration take?

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We will discuss the date you need the illustration by in our initial contact. An illustration usually takes between 2 to 4 weeks, depending on how much work I have on. Larger pieces obviously take the longest, as do detailed illustrations including time-lines and birthday pieces. I will aim to work to your deadline.

Can I choose the size of the piece?

Each bespoke piece is usually created on A3 or A4 art grade watercolour paper UNLESS OTHERWISE REQUESTED. If you require a smaller or larger piece of art please get in touch with your ideas. Prices will vary accordingly, but you can see pricing for A4 and A3 artwork above. I have created a timeline piece sized A2 for a special anniversary to am willing to meet your needs!

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How will you get the finished illustration to me?

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Each piece is carefully packaged for posting with a personalised note. Postage and packaging is usually charged at £5.95 for one item – more items/larger sizes are priced accordingly. Overseas postage is worked out according to zone – I don’t send framed pieces overseas, only unframed. Packaging is designed to ensure the picture arrives safe and sound. I use a large sturdy cardboard roll to send artwork – upon arrival with you, simply unroll and leave to settle. Alternatively, if you live in or near East Sussex, you can collect your artwork.

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I live on the other side of the world! Is it still possible to commission a picture?

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Yes! Lots of my customers live far afield. I usually work from photographs and from the information given via email. After our first phone or email contact, I’ll ask you a few questions about the person the picture is for, such as favourite colours and activities and their personality. For instance, a commission might be for a football-mad mischievous five year old called Phillip, as a present from his grandparents. His grandma sends me some clear photographs of Phillip, plus a picture of his cat Tuna, who is also going to feature in the finished picture. His grandparents would like a picture of Phillip’s name with Phillip, Tuna, football and the colour red all included, and capturing Phillip’s cheeky personality.

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