The portrait procedure begins with a discussion
between the artist and client to determine the mood, setting,
size, medium and price of the portrait.
If the client is local to me, I will preferably
hold a brief photographic session to get good reference material
for a nominal fee. If time permits, I may also do some quick on
site sketches to solidify my memory and response to the subject,
which will greatly help when interpreting the photos later.
Subsequent to the photo session, I will then select
several photographs to be used as references and discuss them
with the client.
Upon the client's approval of the proposed composition
along with payment of a deposit, I will then proceed with the
portrait at my studio. Four weeks is usually sufficient to complete
a typical work, but the process is variable so gifts should be
planned well in advance.
Prior to delivery, a digital image of the work will
be sent for any comments or adjustments the client may have, which
will be incorporated on a best effort basis. The balance due would
be paid at time of delivery.
If the client cannot sit for my photo reference
session or they desire a posthumous portrait, I will discuss a
selection of the client's images to see which would work best
for a painting or drawing.
Many interesting photos don't necessarily translate
well to painting or drawing, so it is best to have a number of
them to discuss.