Where did the name Potato Art Studios come from?
My maiden name is notoriously difficult to pronounce (and even harder to spell) so I didn’t have opportunity like many artists to use my full name as my internet handle when I first started selling my art. Potatoes have been a long-time favorite food of mine. It was an easy word to insert before “Art Studios” and I thought it sounded quite catchy. Surprisingly the domain name wasn’t taken and I snatched it up in 2017.
What materials do you use?
I only use quality materials in my work. I use the highest-rated light-fast pastel pencils and sticks. All of the papers I use are acid-free.
For a comprehensive list of my favorite art supplies, I have a page featuring all of the tools and brands I use.
Do you teach classes?
I have a series of drawing timelapse videos available to watch free on my YouTube channel.
My Patreon channel has detailed videos covering the basics of working with pastels and tips on creating realistic animal textures. Supply lists and color charts are included as downloadable reference sheets. Unlimited access to over 6 hours of video is available for $7 USD/month.
I also host weekly live drawing sessions where I work on portraits in real-time. These sessions run 1-2 hours in length and are open to the public to join. Additional information can be viewed below:
Can I order a drawing of my pet from you?/Do you take commissions?
Yes! I’m available for commissions year-round. To place an order, please visit my Etsy site below
How to do I pay for a drawing?
I require all drawings to be paid either in full upfront, or a non-refundable 50% deposit through Etsy. I accept Paypal and most major credit cards. For partial payment, the remaining 50% will be due after the portrait has been completed, but prior to shipment.
Are you on other Social Media sites?
I most frequently post to Instagram and share progress pictures and videos of my latest drawings. I am also on Facebook, but upload less frequently.
Do you only draw animals? What about people?
I enjoy drawing everything, but I mainly focus on drawing animals. I accept human portraits on a case-by-case basis. You can reach me with via the Contact page and we can discuss your ideas in more detail.
How long does it take for you to do a drawing?
A typical portrait takes approximately 1 week. Drawings with multiple subjects or complex accessories may take up to two weeks.
For commissions, once your pet images are submitted and I receive confirmation of payment by Etsy, I will give you an estimated time of completion. I draw all portraits in the order they are received.
Is there a reason why you won’t draw my pet?
The most common reason why I turn down people is due to blurry or small images. If there is not enough information to work from, it’s very difficult to make up details that I cannot see. Please read my Photo Tips Guide below to learn how take the best photos of your pet.
I need my portrait in a rush! Can you provide rush services?
Unfortunately, I do not accept rush orders. The order queue is based on the order I receive payment from my clients. Expedited shipping through USPS is available for an additional fee. Gift certificates are available in my Etsy store and ship within two business days. They are a great way to send a last-minute gift.
Do you offer framing services?
No. I carefully package and ship all artwork unframed. I believe framing is best left to the professionals. A local framing specialist can provide the perfect framing materials to compliment your custom artwork and existing decor.
If you live in the Bay Area, I personally recommend Mario from Bay Frames in Fremont, California.
How long does it take for artwork to get framed?
For professional framing services, the lead time may vary from 2 to 8 weeks depending on the availability of materials. If you plan to gift your custom artwork framed, please plan accordingly. The holiday season will typically have longer wait times. Your framer should provide you with an estimated delivery date during your consultation session.
Can I frame the artwork myself?
Yes, you can when done with care! I offer artwork in standard sizes. Ready-made frames are available at many home goods stores (Target, Michael’s, Home Goods, etc.) with the hanging hardware already installed. Keep in mind that ready-made frames vary in price and quality.
When assembling your frame, there should always be an air gap between the artwork and the glass. This gap is most often created by a paper mat/mount border.
You can insert the artwork yourself in under 10 minutes using acid-free photo corners found in the scrapbook section of many craft stores. Handle the artwork by the edges to avoid disturbing the pastel on the surface.
Don’t see a question you have answered here? Use the “Contact” page and I will get back to you!