Portrait Sculpture Development & Pricing.

When you decide to commission a work, we will have an initial discussion on the parameters of the sculpture, with decisions on size, angle, facial characteristics, theme, and style of portrait etc. Also we will establish the detailing information on the sculptural and subsequent casting processes.

Then photographs of the subjects need to be sourced or can be taken by me.  This includes information on style, pose etc of the subjects.  These can be taken directly and need to depict frontal, left and right lateral and rear aspect of the subject (note – the more information available, the more detailed quality of the sculpture).CatBronse

A sculpture is made in clay.

Sculpture work takes between 4-6 weeks.

Work completed can be reviewed at any time with any alterations implemented.  Images showing sculpture development are sent by email regularly.

Powderhall BronzeBronze Casting.

A traditional and durable long term cast sculpture can be made in bronze and there is an excellent bronze foundry in Edinburgh called Powderhall Bronze.  See costs below.

A more modest cast sculpture can be completed in cold cast resin and although the results look the same, the structure is more fragile.  Again, the Powderhall Bronze foundry supplies this service.  See costs below.

Throughout the casting process, the sculpture can be reviewed and decisions made on the finishing patina of the portrait as well as base requirements (mount).

I would coordinate and monitor the casting process.

The bronze casting process takes 6-8 weeks.


Prices are based on a portrait sculpture of approx 41 x 26 x 24cm (approx life size).

Prices of casting are approximate figures at the time of writing this and are subject to VAT.

Prices do not include a base but one can be arranged depending on your requirements.

Prices are reviewed and agreed prior to casting process, on submission of sculpture images, requirements and dimensions.

A 50% deposit (cheque) to the bronze foundry is payable upon commencement of the casting process and the balance on completion/collection and this is met by the client. www.powderhallbronze.co.uk

Estimate materials and expenses for sculpture      £200

Bronze cast sculpture (incl. finishing)                      £1500

Cold cast resin                                                              £1000


Local delivery would be incorporated in the artist’s expenses.

Details of a specialist Sculpture/Art logistics firm can be supplied on request and is at the client’s discretion.

Copyright and imaging.

The artist will take photographs of the work, during and on completion, copies of which will be retained by the artist in their professional development portfolio.

Images displaying the artist’s work can be displayed or published only where the artist is credited as the sculptor.

On agreement with the client, photographs of the final work would be displayed on the artist’s website (no personal details would be displayed).

The Philosophy Cat
TPC designs features portraits of The Philosophy Cat and her friends and a selection of quotes from history, science and philosophy. People can send in images of their pets to join TPC family and these images could be selected to feature on the next TPC design.
TPC product range
Cards – £2.80
Custom Cards –£9.99 (prices reduced quantity ordered)
Original limited edition prints – £15
Customised posters – £19.99
Original one off illustrations – £80 – £100

Cards info
TPC designs features portraits of The Philosophy Cat and her friends and a selection of quotes from history, science and philosophy.
I can do customised cards so please do send me a message if you are looking for something special, such as a birthday message.

All my work is printed on high quality cream card and the colours are fresh and vibrant.
The greeting cards are A6 sized (14.8 X 10.4 cm) and each comes in a cellophane sleeve complete with a high quality cream envelope.

All my cards are shipped with care to ensure they are flat and perfect when they reach you.

Limited Edition Prints and Customised Prints
TPC designs features portraits of The Philosophy Cat and her friends and a selection of quotes from history, science and philosophy.
Prints can be customised with your favourite colour, quote or specific text onto one of The Philosophy Cat drawings.
The colour blocks come in a variety of colours.

The image is printed on high quality white paper at 210 x 297mm. The image size varies but has a white border.
Each image I produce is hand-drawn to create a range of friendly and unique characters. They are all scanned into a computer where I add colour and some details. Each piece is signed on the front and allocated a limited edition number.

Please note that the colours may vary slightly from the image you see on the screen.
All work will be packaged with great care before being shipped to you.

The Philosophy Cat and all these images are original and belong to Gillian C Taylor. They must not be used or reproduced without the permission of the artist. Thank you

Original one off Art
Original illustrations of your pets can be created on request, either on a white paper or with your favorite colour. This can include a philosophical quote of your choice or specific text you would like.
Please send a colour photo/photos, or high resolution images of your pet.
This listing is for a single pet but more can be added on request.
All the images are printed on high quality A4 archival paper, with a signature and date on the front.

I will send you the image digitally to check you love it before you receive the finished print.

Payment Methods
• Paypal (website)
• Cleared Cheques (post)
Ready to dispatch in 1-2 weeks
Ship To Cost With Another Item
United Kingdom £3.00 GBP £0.00 GBP
European Union £4.00 GBP £2.00 GBP
United States £5.00 GBP £3.00 GBP
Everywhere Else £6.00 GBP £3.00 GBP

Shipping Policies
I am shipping from the UK and will ship internationally, goods should be sent within 2-4 days after receiving your order.

They will be well packaged and will be sent by normal post. If you want a more secure registered service do contact me and I will give you a price for this. Refunds and Exchanges
I hope you will be really happy with your order but if there is any problem send me a message and I can sort it out.
Additional Policies and FAQs
If you are interested in wholesale or custom pieces just let me know.
Biography  About Me!
I am a portrait artist and sculptor with a BA(Hons) in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art. I created The Philosophy Cat to combine my love of faces and philosophical quotes. The Philosophy Cat’s search is simple, its the search for meaning! Meaning through words and art, through the wisdom of others and through family and friends. Join The Philosophy Cat family by sending in original pictures of your pets and/or fav quotes for your chance to see your pet turned into art for the world to see. Simply download photos, a quote and a biography of your pet to The Philosophy Cat and maybe you could see them in print!
By sending in photos, you agree to have your photo turned into art and published by The Philosophy Cat. I have exhibited my work at various exhibitions and galleries, including the RSA (Royal Society of Artists) in Edinburgh. Sculptures are available on this site to buy, and portraits are available on commission.

All original drawings are © Copyright GC Taylor 2013