The first step in commissioning a portrait would be to email or telephone and arrange a time when we could meet to discuss the possibilities (first sitting).
My general approach is to create an artwork in my own style that captures a characteristic likeness and the personality of the sitter(s) – getting to know them a little before commencing in the portrait is desirable to me but not demanded as you may wish for the portrait to be a surprise for those involved.
I would need at least two sittings of about two hours each. The first sitting usually takes the form of discussing poses, backdrops, getting to know the subject(s) and learning your desires for the portrait. During this time I would take test photographs and make notes. In between the first and second sitting I will analyses the photos, mock-up a few options (on Photoshop) and liaise with you via email to pin point your exact desires for the painting (or drawing), size of canvas, etc. Once this is decided (the process can take up to a week) we will then proceed with the second sitting. Over the duration of this final sitting I will take the final photographs from which the portrait will be painted.
The painting will be completed at my studio, without the sitter, but before I start I would show you a final photo montage mock up, again, constructed on Photoshop and I will advise on size and proportion of the canvas (taking into account what had been previously discussed in the first sitting and over email). This means you would be able to confirm you were happy with the size and the general appearance of the planned work. On the rare occasion when I cannot gain enough detail from the photographs, I may require the subject(s) to sit for me – this will be during the final stages of the portrait and mainly happens when low light intensity has been requested for the setting of the painting.
When completed, I would deliver the portrait to you.
Each portrait has its own unique requirements. As you can see from the examples in my Commissions Gallery, each commission gives rise to a work which is completely different and therefore the above method may vary ever so slightly.
To begin discussing your portrait today get in touch via the Contact page. I look forward to hearing from you.