Artists vary in their approach to commissioning a portrait. Here is some information for you about how I proceed with a portrait commission.
How long does it take to paint a commissioned portrait? Well I'm glad you asked. You may think it's a little early to think about the holidays, but you are right on time. The time a commission painting takes depends greatly on the scope of work; medium chosen, how much detail, size, etc. Generally speaking it takes about 3 - 4 weeks.
As we approach the holidays it gets busy quickly. By November there usually is a backlog into the next year. Since my work is detailed, I don't want to rush on your special holiday gift.
In order to complete your portrait on time, my deadline for scheduling is November 1. That will insure that your gift is delivered in time for the holidays.
My portraits start at $500 for a charcoal/graphite head & shoulders portrait, as pictured below. Color portraits start at $950 for a head & shoulders portrait (example pictured above).
4) Reference Photos
My preference are photos in natural light. No flash please. You can e-mail your photos to me or I can take them if you are local.
Don't worry about shipping - it is free!
It all begins with a conversation to start your perfect portrait.
For more information on commissioning a portrait