So about those Pop Portraits…Illustrated Family Portraits by Marie O’Neill


I’ve been getting a LOT of enquiries about my Pop Portraits over the last few weeks and thought it would be wise to create a little list of “Frequently Asked Questions” to help clarify a few points and perhaps save me some emails too….because frankly, I’d rather be drawing and I’m sure the folks patiently waiting on portraits would rather I be drawing too!!!! Haha!

So I had Edith The Cat, my faithful office feline interview me, to really get inside my head and get all the answers.

Edith The Cat: So….what are Pop Portraits exactly? How are they created?

Marie: Good question Edith. Well, Pop Portraits are a completely custom, original,  illustrated family portraits. This can include, immediate family, extended family, friends, pets…whatever! The family provides me with photos and information for reference and I create a unique, digital illustration in my signature pop style!

Edith The Cat: You mention pets….does that include important family members like cats?

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Marie: Yes, Edith. Cats as well.

Edith The Cat: So how do you go about creating the portrait…do you organise a sitting? Do cats and their people need to be local to you?

Marie: Absolutely not! I work entirely from photos. I simply need at least two clear photos of each person and a bit of a description of their personal style. And I’ve created portraits for clients all over the world. So long as you can email me photos, I can create your Pop Portrait.

Edith The Cat: So you don’t need a good family photo of everyone together to work from at all? Because cats are camera shy.

Marie: No, that’s kind of the inspiration behind the portraits. It can be really tricky to get a great photo of everyone together, looking the same way and smiling nicely. Or it might be that a family is spread all over the place. There are no boundaries with Pop Portraits. So long as you have a clear photo that person can be included. I use an average of 15-20 photos as reference for each Pop Portrait. I study the photos, and the notes supplied and go from there. It’s a time consuming and pain-staking process, but the excitement when the client sees their family in illustrated form is worth it. As an example, this extended family portrait was created using about 50 individual photos as reference material.

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Edith The Cat: So can you include special themes and objects in Pop Portraits?

Marie: Yes, absolutely. I’ve created portraits commemorating loved ones or cherished family pets who’ve passed, placing them in family portraits that would otherwise not be possible. I’ve created portraits that reference a significant time or place in a person’s life. I’ve recreated wedding photos. There are really no limits and I’m open to all possibilities.

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Edith The Cat: And how does the artwork come? Do I just get one print? I’m worried that I might damage it… I get scratchy sometimes.  I’d also like to share copies with my family…is that possible?

Marie: You receive your Pop Portrait direct to your inbox as an A4 ready to print hi-res digital file in both PDF and JPEG format (custom sizes are available also, please just ask.)  This gives you the option of using your artwork in the way that best suits you…perhaps you’ll print it and pop it in a frame on the wall. Maybe you’ll have it put onto a canvas (this is a popular option and I have a great canvas place that I recommend). Maybe you’ll use it to print Christmas cards, mouse mats, cushions or a coffee mug. There are so many awesome possibilities…it’s really up to you to decide what suits you best! I really wanted people to be able to use the artwork as freely as they wish.  (And I always provide a proof of the artwork before final files are sent, so you can make any small changes to get your portrait just right.) I will also provide a square version of your artwork perfect for sharing on social media.

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Edith The Cat: So how much are they?


2 people $199

3 people $299

4 people $399

5 people $499

6 people $599

More than 6 people?

Base price will be $599 and additonal people will be charged at $75 each.


Dogs $75

Cats $45

Other animals POA

Special themes or backgrounds will be quoted individually. Full payment is required upfront for each commission. Timeframes for delivery of portraits will be advised at time of booking, but average 6 weeks.

Edith The Cat: Ok cool. Are we done? I need a nap.

Marie: Yep, sounds good.


10 Comments to “So about those Pop Portraits…Illustrated Family Portraits by Marie O’Neill”

  1. Debra Bryant May 31, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Hi, we are very keen to get a family portrait please. Could you also
    Provide large canvas prices too e..g 1 metre length 4 family members and a dog

  2. Fiona del vecchio May 31, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I would love to organise to have a portrait done

    • Marie
      Marie June 1, 2016 at 1:10 am

      Have emailed you Fiona!

  3. Kelly June 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Hi Marie,
    I would love to get a portrait of my family, and would appreciate some more information about the process, and what sort of photos you would need.

    • Marie
      Marie June 8, 2016 at 2:32 am

      Emailing you now Kelly!

  4. Lisa warrington June 6, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Hi there, just wondering if you email me the price for just myself and my 11 year old boy? Thanks xxx

    • Marie
      Marie June 8, 2016 at 2:33 am

      Emailing you now Lisa!

  5. Jane Templeton June 18, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Hi Marie!
    We would like to get a family portrait made please.
    My family consists of myself, my husband and our 6 year old daughter.
    Can you please forward us the details to order one.
    Many thanks,

    • Marie
      Marie June 19, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Have emailed you Jane! Cheers!

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