Yesterday I had just that opportunity. Some people had some questions. As I was answering them, I realized that I must have done a horrible job describing what I do or even providing answers to obvious and potential questions on my site. Anyway, I thought I’d copy/paste that conversation here just in case anyone had the same questions.
Note: The names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.
Note: The questions are in italics.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Banana Pants,
Thanks for the inquiry! I am happy to answer any any questions. Feel free to ask more should I have confused you further by my responses (below), which is likely.
For the photo edit option you offer, is that you graphically recreating our pets’ faces and photoshopping them onto whichever outfit/scene we choose?
I don’t recreate it; I just blend your photo into the existing digital painting.
You mentioned using the picture we send you of our pets to upload onto the pre-made drawings, but will this picture be modified to look like it was hand-drawn?
No. It will just be the photo. The clothes are relatively realistic (the newer ones, anyway), so there isn’t a huge need to make the photo look hand-drawn.
Are the examples you have posted on your site examples of the photo edit option or just the drawing option? If not, do you have any samples of the photo edit option?
On the Gallery page, they are separated. On the samples below the carousel on individual collection pages, they are mixed.
I’m very glad you brought this up – on the individual collection pages, the samples need to have captions with info about whether they are photo edits or drawings. Luckily I know a web developer who can help me with this for a modest $200/hour.
Also, do you have any other examples of a two-pet portrait besides the cat one you have in your gallery?
I will try to find some that aren’t on the site. Surprisingly, most people do not go with the two-pet portrait, so I don’t have a lot of examples.
They can be tricky depending on the outfits you go with. For instance, The Princess (the one with the throne and the squirrels) can look rather awkward paired with The Cowboy – even if those two personalities are spot-on for the pets’ characters. One shows virtually the whole body, and one shows only the waist up. We can discuss this further once you choose the outfits you want.
Also, do you create larger portrait sizes than 11×14?
I limit the size on the photo edits because people usually take photos with their phones, which doesn’t print well at sizes larger than 11”x14”. However if you have a good camera or otherwise have professional photos at a high resolution, then I’m happy to print them at a larger size. The drawing option can go up to 20”x24″.
If so, what would the pricing be on those?
I’ll get back to you. I have to dig up my spreadsheet that contains the difficult calculations with the formulas and whatnot.
Lastly, my friend and I are interested in each having our own portrait created and were wondering if you would do a discounted price for ordering two portraits. Please let me know!
Sure, but primarily because your friend’s dog is named Bessie, which is my dog’s name (actually it’s Bess – but close enough). I will need to base the actual discount partly on what you end up ordering, so I’ll need more information. What are the details of these individual portraits? Photo edit or drawing? Size? Wholly customized or readymade? The other part will involve the creation of a complex algorithm that will deduce whether this will be a “sound business decision”.
Alrighty. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Thanks again for the kind words, and I look forward to working together, and I also look forward to updating my FAQ page based on your inquiry.
Alright, there you have it, folks. My interview for Mr. and Mrs. Banana Pants.