Commission information and guidelines
The information here is an approximate guide, commissions are not an exact science and the cost depends on your requirements and the photo reference/ subject matter you provide. Once we have discussed the below I will be able to give you a final price.
For portraiture, prices vary according to how many heads/ figures and then overall size. A ‘portrait’ tends to be a head and neck only whereas ‘figurative painting’ is head, shoulders, arms, hands, torso (and so forth). My style of painting is loose and impressionistic with an emphasis on colour and light. Consider the level of detail you would like (e.g. the larger the painting, the more detail) and whether you would like embellishments (clothing, fabrics, patterns, scenic landscapes or interior details) noting additional costs will apply. Whatever you decide, I am hopeful I can find the best option for you.
Selecting a photo reference
My goal is to paint you a beautiful portrait (or custom painting) and if we decide to work together it’s important we work to find the right photograph. It may seem subjective but not all lovely, beautiful photos translate into painting. My painting particularly has a focus on colour and light; light bounces around its setting and has a nuanced relationship with all parts of the subject.
Ideally the photo reference will be strong and striking, full of depth and light. However the photos do not have to be taken with a professional camera (a smart phone is fine). I will probably ask you to provide multiple photos if possible. Note the following elements as a guide and I am also happy to provide visual examples if that helps.
A reasonably high resolution photo (a strong clear image in focus)
Must have good clear light and shade within in the face (depth, contours)
A headshot (can be a selfie) or a symmetrical composition for group shot.
A light, bright, neutral background (few distracting elements)
Original images you have permission to use (no heavily edited colours/ no filters)
Thank you and please do let me know if you have any other questions. I am happy to arrange a consultation by phone call 07880342166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org