Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most frequently asked questions about Gallery of Mo. If you want to ask a different question you can contact us here.

About the Gallery of Mo

  • Who is behind the project?
    • Gallery of Mo was created, built and hosted by twentysix, a full service digital agency based in Leeds. The time and costs were donated by twentysix and all proceeds raised by the site go directly to Movember. Find out more about twentysix here.
  • What is Movember?
    • Movember (the month formerly known as November) is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for prostate cancer and testicular cancer. At the start of Movember guys register with a clean shaven face. The Movember participants, known as Mo Bros, have the remainder of the month to grow and groom their Mo, raising money along the way to benefit men's health. Find out more here
  • Is Movember a registered charity?
    • Movember Europe is a registered charity in England and Wales (1137948) and Scotland (SC041981).
  • How much of the donation money is given to charity?
    • Every penny raised by Gallery of Mo is given to Movember - the website build, artists and hosting costs are all donated for free.

Ordering a mo'trait

  • How much of a picture do I get for every £1 donated?
    • This depends on the artist and how fast they work. However, if you only pay a small amount you are not likely to get back a mo'trait of just an ear or some hair - our artists will endeavour to get as much of your face in as possible in the time, it just might not be very detailed! Of course, paying for more time will ensure that you have a much better mo'trait.
  • Can I order a mo'trait of my partner/child/dog?
    • You can order a mo'trait of anyone you wish as long as it is clear in the photo provided who the subject of the mo'trait is. Our artists will have a go at drawing anything, from dogs and cats to mice and horses, but please bear in mind that they have signed up to this site because they are primarily good at drawing people so the quality of animal mo'trait might vary considerably!
  • How many people can be in the photo?
    • Ideally one, but as long as the subject of the mo'trait is obviously the primary focus of the photograph then it shouldn't matter too much.
  • How long will it take for me to receive my mo'trait?
    • All our artists have volunteered to work on Gallery of Mo in their free time, so we can't guarantee a quick turnaround for everyone (although many of our artists will endeavour to complete the mo'trait within 48 hours). If you haven't heard anything for two weeks then please get back in touch with us here.
  • Does it have to have a moustache on?
    • Yes, every mo'trait – be it man, woman, child or pet - will have a moustache added. Gallery of Mo is a supporter of Movember and was conceived purely around the idea of drawing mo'traits of people with moustaches!
  • What if I already have a moustache?
    • Our artists reserve the right to embellish it in a way that matches their artistic vision.
  • What if I have a beard?
    • As Gallery of Mo is all about the 'tache our artists reserve the right to downplay the beard and big up the mo, relegating your usual facial hair to "stylish stubble".
  • Who decides how much the donation amount needs to be for commissioned artists?
    • The artists themselves set their minimum donation limit, since they know how much work goes into a single mo'trait.
  • What's the difference between choosing an artist and getting a "surprise artist"?
    • Each artist has a set price they'd like you to donate to Movember in order to receive a Mo'trait from them. If you select your artist you'll receive a Mo'trait in the same style the artists self Mo'trait is illustrated in.
      If you're not sure which artist to choose you can select the "surprise me" button, this will send your photo to a random artist to illustrate. The artists then get "surprise requests" work on the basis of every £1 you've donated = 1 min of illustration time. These are meant to be fun Mo'traits as you never know what to expect. Please note that these Mo'traits won't match the level of detail the artists self mo'trait has.
  • Is there a limit to how many mo'traits I can have?
    • No, feel free to get as many different mo'traits done as you want.
  • Are all the mo'traits done by hand?
    • Our artists use a number of different mediums to complete their mo'traits, including both digital and non-digital means. However the finished article will always be saved in JPG format for you to download.

Paying for a mo'trait

  • How secure is the payment method?
    • Very secure; it is secured by VeriSign and operated by Nat West. Secure pages on the website are prefixed by https://
  • What happens if I donate less than the chosen artist's minimum donation amount?
    • If you commission an artist you have to meet their minimum donation amount before they will do you a mo'trait.
      We will remind you of this several times before you actually donate, but if you put in less than the minimum amount then the artist will not be able to produce your mo'trait. Any money you have paid will just be accepted as a donation to Movember.

Receiving a mo'trait

Becoming an artist