Thinking of Commissioning a portrait?
Not quite sure what to do next?
Here is a step by step guide to the process!
1. GET IN TOUCH!
At this point you might not even be sure a commissioned portrait is quite what you are after, that's fine. Contact me with any questions or queries you have about what it is I do, and exactly what you are after, and we can chat about whether I'm the person for you. My email address is on the website, but if you would prefer to talk over the phone, let me know via the contact form on this website, and we can arrange a time that suits you to talk over the phone. Getting in touch is always the first step- and I promise, if it turns out i'm not at all what you are after, I definitely won't be offended.
2. A QUOTE.
If you feel you might want to go ahead with the portrait, you may be thinking about the cost. During our discussions and when I get an idea of what you are looking for, I will offer you a quote. Quotes can be quite varied depending on the material, size, subject matter and style of the portrait you are after. However, I have put some examples of some past portrait commissions at the bottom of this page to give you an idea. Be aware that depending on the time of year there may be an offer or sale on, so always get in touch.
3. CHOOSING AN IMAGE
Once you are happy that I'm the portrait artist for you and the price is right we go into a bit more detail about exactly what you want, and exactly how I can deliver that. It may help if you look at some of the work I've already done and pick out something similar to what you are looking for.
Now depending on who you want the portrait of, the next step for us is to find the perfect image for me to work from, whether this is a loved one, a family member, or a pet. You may have an image in mind already, and hopefully we can make your ideas into a reality, however, I will always be honest, and if I feel I can't do an image justice in a portrait then I will advise for us to go in a different direction. In some ways the image you choose is the most important part. With this in mind, if there isn't a strict time limit on the portrait, there may be an opportunity for me to come and take photographs of the subject. Given locations, and busy schedules, this isn't always possible. In that case, I can talk you through how to take a good photograph yourself. If this isn't possible then a pre-existing photograph is also an option.
The best images are recent digital photographs, in a high resolution, and for a direct portrait, for me it is important that I can see the subjects eye's clearly, as this is the gateway into a likeness, and a soul. Sometimes this isn't possible. For example, the person you want the portrait of is no longer with us and so we have a limited choice on photographs. Or another example, the portrait is a surprise or a gift for someone, and thus, you are limited in that way. DON'T WORRY! I will always do my best to accommodate and work with what we can, and make something that you or the recipient will treasure.
4. SENDING THE IMAGE
Although a quick and simple step, it's an important one. The image we finally choose I have to receive in the highest quality possible. Sometimes if that image was taken on an IPhone, or anything similar, Whatsapp will do. In which case, you can do this via my mobile number. However, the higher the quality, the better, so if the image was taken on a good camera and you have it on your computer, then please use WeTransfer via www.wetransfer.com to send the images to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. ONE MORE CHAT
At this point, i'm nearly ready to get my paints out. However, I'd really love to have one more chat. This time it's about the subject matter. Who am I painting? Why do you want a painting of them? What are they like? I really believe the more I know about the person or animal I'm painting/drawing the better the painting will be. This is the essence that brings life and character to the final piece.
6. WHEN I THINK I'M DONE....
At this point, when I feel I have completed the portrait, I will send you an image of it to have a look at. Fingers crossed this is the point you say you love it, and it is exactly what you were after. This isn't always the case, you will always know the subject better than I do, and you may see something in the image that I have missed, this is your chance to give me any feedback, and let me know if there is anything you feel unhappy with in the portrait. Once we are both happy, it's time to either get it to you, or I get it framed. If you want me to frame the piece, we will discuss the type of frame you are after, and where you think the portrait will live, so I can pick a frame that compliments the artwork and your lifestyle. And finally, the portrait is yours to treasure and enjoy. And hopefully it makes you smile whenever you see it.
Single Oil Painted portrait on canvas with custom frame- Medium sized:
Single Pencil portrait on paper- Medium sized (NO FRAME):
Single Animal Ink portrait on paper - approx 5x7" (NO FRAME)
Double Oil Painted portrait finished with custom frame- Larger size: