Portrait Painting Commission Process
Artists can over-complicate things sometimes! So I prefer to keep the process as simple as possible.
Step 1 – Scope Discussion
Give us a call and let’s discuss your budget, and your vision ie… formal, informal, mood, setting, clothing, size, number of people etc.
Next, if we can agree on a price, the details, put something in writing, take a deposit, I can get started! However, if possible, I prefer to do the photo session in the next step.
Step 2 – Photo Session
Before locking in details, purchase a professional photo session with me. Having a number of amazing professional portrait photos to use a tool is a huge plus.
Communication before, during and after the photo session allows us to hone in on the details for the painting project.
I always offer my assistance in choosing the setting, wardrobe, pose, and lighting for the subject of the painting.
It is not only how I paint on canvas that makes me an artist. It’s how I see, arrange, compose, and “feel about the subject” that are of equal importance.
I work carefully with you to ensure that your painting will be a true, classic portrait, that captures the likeness as well as the spirit of the subject.
If it’s not possible for us to do a professional photography session, I’ll consider working from your high quality photos.
Portrait sittings are welcomed if the portrait subject(s) desires to do so.
Step 3 – Finalize Portrait Details | Price
Using our resource photos as a tool, we can experiment with different crops, and arrive at a size, and price, put something in writing, take a deposit, and get started!
I do preliminary sketches, color studies, and I hand stretch all my canvases on the finest quality Belgian linen.
My price for a completed portrait painting usually falls between $5,000 and $50,000 depending on the complexity of the work.
My professional portrait photo sessions cost about $500, if local, depending on what we’re doing.
Step 4 – Completion & Delivery
Upon completion of the painting (usually 2 weeks to 3 months depending on complexity), balance is due in full prior to shipping. Your unframed portrait can be shipped, delivered, or picked up at our studio. Shipping or delivery cost is responsibility of client.