A commission starts with a discussion about how you would like your portrait to look. Then, ideally, I like to meet my subjects and take a number of photographs to work from. A beautiful portrait starts from a good photoshoot; the right kind of lighting, pose and expression will allow me to capture the beauty and character of your loved one. Meeting my subject helps me to know when I have reached a true likeness. The time needed to get the right photos depends on the subject. When working with children, especially more than one, it can take several hours. I will take many, many photos and together we will select the best ones.If distance is prohibitive I am able to work from your photographs and can help and guide you to take and select the right ones. When working on your portrait I will share images of my progress with you, especially in the later stages to ensure you are happy with the likeness. It is very important to me that the portrait comes alive for you. That is the best part of being a portrait artist.
If your portrait needs to be posted I will send it well wrapped so it arrives in perfect condition. Drawings are rolled and shipped in a tube. Oil on canvas will be securely packaged. The cost of postage depends on your location.
My prices are based on the time a piece will take to make so I price each commission individually after a discussion about how you would like your portrait to look. Drawing is quicker than painting so pencil and charcoal are cheaper than oil paint. Head and shoulders are cheaper than full figures, smaller pieces with less detail are cheaper than larger with more detail.
Prices for a single head and shoulders from your own photograph start from:
PENCIL (20 x 30 cm) - £150 CHARCOAL (30 x 40 cm) - £200 OIL on BOARD (30 x 30 cm) - £550 OIL on CANVAS (40 x 50 cm) - £900
For the best results I suggest that I take the reference photos, spend time in consultation with you throughout the process and sometimes have in person sittings to check colour and likeness. There are additional charges for these which will be discussed when planning your piece.