A Sacred Earth Mission The Art Of 
Brooke Cottle
B&W Portraits

Artist Brooke Cottle, aka Brooke Ann Haggerty, has had extensive experience in traveling the festival circuit, creating on the spot charcoal portraits from live sittings. This led her, not only to the capability of capturing a close and approving likeness of her client, but also to develop what she calls her “black and white” portrait. These give flair to her subjects inward personality, especially in how she illustrates their highlights. They show accurate detail due to a patient and fine hand. To produce, these take up to a couple of weeks, from start to finish. The Artist will let you know how her schedule is looking. 

Feel free to discuss with the Artist any special requests or special expectations you may have about the piece in general. 

The Initial Meeting If Local
Brooke can photograph the subject at a small, additional cost, if picture reference material of the subject(s) isn’t provided. A photo session can take up to a couple of hours. The meeting should take place where the subject feels the most comfortable. Reviewing the subject’s gestures, mannerisms, inner light, allows the artist to respond accordingly. Photographs taken by the Artist mainly are used for reference, but remain the property of the Artist. 

If You Are Not Local
Do not fret. The convenience of working from pictures seems to suit the modern day world. However, if there is travel involved beyond what is considered reasonable, these expenses must be met by the client or purchaser.

She guides local and non-local clients into which photos will work best. Often Brooke mixes and matches pictures to get the finest portrayal of her subject. For instance, if you'd like this angle of face or expression on that outfit, or even in this stance, she can work with you. Several views from a variety of pictures give her a good idea of the client’s features, their best lighting, and that special something that only this individual exudes. Look for candid pictures and that show the face clearly, colorfully, not washed out. And large views if possible. It always works out, no worries. Also, think about clothing, or even the pose that you may want. Brooke’s professionalism involves capturing her subject in their natural best. 

Materials Used
Materials used are black and white charcoal pencils on grey, acid-free, matt board. Brooke offers framing for the black and whites at a reasonable cost, but it is certainly not required. (She does not offer framing for color portraits or fine art.) While charcoals are a little more durable than the color pastels, framing is suggested because rough handling can damage the piece. Matting and spacers help prevent the art from contacting the glass. Do not allow the surface of the finished work to be touched, for smudging may occur. Also to note - original black and white charcoal portraits created by Brooke Cottle are NOT to have fixative or sealers applied for they will modify and distort the work in a manner that would prejudice the Artist reputation.
Before each job is started, a non-refundable down payment, or half of the total estimated cost is required. This gets the Artist started. Take note that your decision to commission Brooke is based on the quality of work you have seen in her portfolio or on this website. The rest of the balance is due upon completion of commission and acceptance by the client. For those who may or may not be local, if you’d like, a digital photo of the finished product can be sent to you via e-mail for final approval. If you are local, arrangements may be made for the delivery of the final portrait.

Any little fine tunings to make once the work is presented is acceptable. However, if specifications of the commission change in a dynamic way during the creation or after completion of the artwork, these changes, if can be made, will be reflected in the final contract. The purpose of stating the policy of the Artist is to kindly define the scope of the work and responsibility of each party prior to the execution of the final contract.

Because of the internet and good ‘ol US mail, no matter where you are your commission needs can be served straight from Brooke’s studio. Shipping costs will need to be added to total cost, however. Brooke uses special packaging that specifically handles these artworks. 

Copyright Issues
Clarification of Artist rights as protected by the Federal Copyright Act of 1976 and the Federal Visual Rights Act of 1991. Purchase of a copyrighted artwork does not transfer the copyrights. This means the copyright to reproduce the works in copies, to produce derivative work based on the copyrighted image, and distribute copies is retained by the Artist. Any transfer of this copyright must be in writing expressly identifying what rights are being sold and for what purpose. Works of art cannot be modified without the permission of the Artist. Works cannot be distributed, mutilated or modified in any way that would prejudice the reputation of the Artist.

Policy & Pricing 
on Black and White Portraits
All images and content copyright © Brooke Cottle. All rights reserved.
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