Receiving a commission from a new client or an established collector is always a serious honor, and an exciting challenge. I endeavor to bring my skill and vision to each unique subject, be it a portrait, still life or landscape, and to provide the client with a piece of fine art worthy of portfolio inclusion.
While seated sessions are possible, for convenience most subjects prefer that I work from a photograph. In such a case it is best to present several images to choose from before making full enlargements. In order to have an accurate portrayal, there must be a good quality image of the subject to paint from. Please remember that Jpegs may be misleading as many do not remain in focus when enlarged.
As a rule, the following criteria usually lead to the best results:
- (8.5 x 11 in) color print, glossy/semi gloss
- High resolution print from 35 mm or digital camera – should be 300 dpi
- Head and shoulders only – head should be roughly two thirds of the total picture
- Subject should be in focus and well lit
Additional images may be supplied, which can help in developing a dimensional understanding of the subject from various angles. These photos can be smaller, (4 x 6 in) or (5 x 7 in).
If you are taking your own photograph and need further assistance regarding how to achieve something of good quality, it is usually best to consult a trusted camera supply store. I can also recommend many fine local photographers if you would like to hire a professional.
I look forward to working with you to create a piece of art of special significance. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or to get started at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.753.4230.