The painting process
So — you think you might commission a portrait, but want to find out more about how the portraiture process works? Here's what will happen if you go ahead.
1. Initial consultation
We'll chat by phone and/or email about portrait size, subject matter, timescales and other aspects of your portrait — and I'll go into detail on any aspect of the process you like and answer your questions.
2. The portrait sitting
Once the details of your portrait are fixed, the next step is to arrange a sitting.
Typically, I will travel to you — though this will of course depend on your location and preferences! (I am based in Oxford, UK)
The sitting will last between one and two hours. Once we've found a comfortable position and pose, I will make some preliminary sketches and take a large number of reference photographs from various angles.
3. Painting the portrait
I will then take away my sketches and photographs and paint your oil portrait. It will typically take me 4-6 weeks to complete a painting — but if your schedule is tight and you need your painting more quickly, let me know.
If you would like to be sent 'work in progress' photos of the portrait as it takes shape, or would like progress updates by email, I am happy to oblige — though many clients enjoy the surprise of seeing the finished portrait for the first time only when it's perfected.
As ever, the choice is yours.
4. Extras, framing and other optional services
Once your portrait is finished, you will also receive various free and optional extras. Find out more about your painted portrait extrasContact me to discuss a commission