Commission a Portrait

The first step in commissioning a portrait would be to arrange a date we could meet to discuss the possibilities (first sitting).

My general approach is to create an artwork in my own style. A portrait painting that captures a characteristic likeness and the personality of the sitter(s). Getting to know the subject(s) a little before commencing in the portrait is desirable to me but not demanded. I understand the portrait painting/drawing may 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 hopes for the portrait. During this time I would take test photographs, make notes and sketches.

In between the first and second sitting I will analyse the photos and sketches and mock-up a few options. Keeping you up-to-date and liaising with you via email to pin point your exact desires for the commissioned painting (or drawing). 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 second sitting I will take the final photographs from which the portrait will be painted (drawn).

The painting/drawing will be completed at my studio, without the sitter. Before I start I would show you a final photo montage mock up (or sketch/drawing) and advise on size and proportion of the support (canvas, board, paper). This means you would be able to confirm you were happy with 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.

Need to know:

  • Yes, I can paint a portrait entirely from life. If you have the time to sit, I have the time to paint/draw you/the subject.
  • Yes, I can create a painting, drawing or quick sketch from your photographs.
  • Yes, I can create a painting/drawing via online meetings only (sittings via video link).

Each portrait has its own unique requirements.  As you can see from the examples in my Commissions Gallery and above. Each commission gives rise to a work which is completely different and therefore the above method may vary.

To begin discussing your portrait today get in touch via the contact form opposite.  I look forward to hearing from you.


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