Commissioning a portrait -
Initially it helps if the person commissioning the portrait has at least a rough idea of how they would like the eventual outcome to look. Knowing an approximate size as well as whether it is to be a full figure, head and shoulders or full face portrait is always helpful to me and gives an idea of where to start.
I work to any size and format and often the work can be tailored around an indivuals needs or budget.
I am equally happy working from either life or good quality photographs - these can either be provided by yourself or taken by myself depending on everyone's individual situation.
If working from life I can either arrange a space in my studio or I am happy to travel to the sitters house or another venue of their choosing.
How much does it cost?
The price of a portrait commission varies depending on size, complexity of image and materials used. There will always be a premium for having multiple sitters in the one painting/drawing. if working from life or requiring a photoshoot then cost of travel will have to be factored in.
To give an example a small oil portrait from a good quality photo can be completed for around £300 rising up to between £2000 - £4000 for a full figure, life sized painting. I am happy to accomodate and discuss all budgets as everything is scaleable.
Do I have to sit still?
If I am working from life then being as still as possible is very helpful and assists in getting a good likeness however I do encourage regular breaks for the sitter and you're more than welcome to wear headphones to listen to music or audiobooks. If I'm working from photos then of course this is not an issue.
Do you paint families and couples?
Yes definitely, I am very happy to paint families, couples or groups of people but naturally as this involves painting more people and their likenesses then the cost will increase.
How do we make a start?
The best way is to contact me via my contact page and start to give me an idea of what you would like, we can then have a discussion to run through all of the options and if easier arrange a time to talk on the phone to arrange the commission.