Frequently asked questions and answers by artist Rachel Gray
How long does it take to create a portrait?
On average a head shot portrait will take roughly four weeks to create and a full body portrait will take around 5-6 weeks. However a lot depends on the size of portrait.
What kind of tablet do you use?
I use a Wacom Tablet and stylus, I've had it for years and it's been brilliant!!
Can I order a fully body portrait for a special date even if there is less than 5 weeks to the date?
Yes, at an additional cost but it would completely depend on the schedule and the size of the portrait ordered. This would have to be decided on a case by case basis.
Do you ship internationally?
Of course! We use DHL for most of the portraits.
Do you have a gallery I could visit?
A large collection of my wildlife portraits are currently being exhibited at the National Art Gallery Malaysia as well as in Pengang with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Examples of my Pet and Wildlife portraits are on the website. I also regularly display my work at Malaysian Kennel Association and Best in Show event as well as other pet expos.
Do you use Adobe Photoshop?
No, I do not use Adobe Photoshop in any part of the creation of my portraits. I do not use any filters in my portraits either. It is sometimes assumed that running a photograph through some software is the same as digital painting, which of course it is not. All my portraits are created from scratch from a blank page with no photo manipulation used. For more information about digital painting please view the portraits page.
How Can I have my portrait put onto other specialised items?
Once a portrait has been commissioned, completed and received, you will then receive an email detailing on how the portrait can be resized. The portrait can then be printed onto other gift items at an additional cost.
Do you have a favourite animal to paint?
To be honest, this changes with each portrait! I go through phases of really enjoying the wildlife portraits, then I'll paint a horse, a dog or cat and my interests will change. As the pet portraits are so different to the wildlife portraits and every animal is completely different to paint from the last. In short, my favourite animal to paint is the one I am paining at the time!
How long have you been painting for?
I have been painting for as long as I can remember! My parents tell me I started painting when I was 2 years old and I've been digitally painting animals for over 10 years. I still continue to do both traditional and digital arts, as I love both techniques, styles, textures and outcomes too much to drop one.
Do you have any qualifications in the Arts?
Yes, I have a degree in Animation and Illustration, specialising in both digital and traditional mediums. I also have a PGCE degree in university lecturing specialising in Animation and Illustration.