For anyone considering commissioning a painting, please read the steps below that describe the process. You can find information about the quality of the materials I use and a Price Guide further down the page.
1. Send a Picture
First, since I work directly from photographs I will need several that you like. You can either email me high-resolution images or post them – email and address are available on the Contact page. High quality photographs are very important as I can only paint what I see. There is a section on Taking Suitable Photographs at foot of this page.
2. Determine the Composition
Next I develop the concept for the composition. I create a mock up in Photoshop of what the composition will look like from your photographs. I then send a proof for your approval.
3. Begin Painting
Once we agree upon the composition I will then need a 50% deposit paid to secure the commission. Once received, I will notify you via email when I start your painting. When it is about halfway finished I will email you an in-progress photo. If, at this point, you cancel the order I will refund 50% of your deposit.
Once your painting is done I will email you a photograph for final comments and approval. Final payment is then due. Once received I will ship your painting. Hopefully you will love your painting, but if for any reason you are not satisfied you can return it for a full refund less shipping and handling.
Highest Quality Materials
My portraits are created with the highest quality materials. I use Windsor & Newton oil paint on linen or cotton stretched canvas. If you would like to have your artwork framed I will be happy to recommend some options and a quote for the additional price involved.
The following table provides a rough pricing guide. Actual prices will vary depending on the complexity of the composition, as more complex compositions will require more time to complete. This is introductory pricing and will be subject to review.
|Small||10"x8"||£150||Suitable for single head and shoulders study.|
|Medium||18"x14"||£300||Suitable for up to 2 head and shoulders studies or single full body portrait.|
|Large||24"x20"||£500||Suitable for several head and shoulder studies or up to 2 full body portraits.|
|Extra Large||36"x28"||£900||Suitable for several head and shoulder studies or several full body portraits.|
* Other sizes available upon request
** Prices are approximate and do not include delivery or framing. Final price will be agreed upon before commencement of any work.
I also produce pencil sketches. Drawings are on good quality cartridge paper (160-200 g/m2). They can be purchased either framed or unframed.
unframed: ~21cm x 30cm
framed: ~30cm x 40cm
unframed: ~30cm x 42cm
framed: ~42cm x 52cm
* Other sizes available upon request
** Alternative compositions available upon request.
*** The frames I use are from IKEA. Click here to view them.
Taking Suitable Photographs
Here are a few tips on taking suitable photographs;
Photos should be as high quality as possible. They should have a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels - the higher the better. Often photos taken on mobile devices are not particularly sharp or of high enough resolution, so they may not be suitable to use as references.
To achieve best results take photos outside or by a large window, to avoid ‛red eye’. Do not take photographs in extreme lighting conditions (i.e. too sunny, too dull or too close to a flash). If you can, keep your back to the sun.
If possible, take photographs from the subject's eye level. This will help create a more natural looking pose.
Take the photographs as close to the subjects as possible, making sure they remain in focus. This will provide the most detail for me to work from.