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Friday, September 21, 2007

Steps for a Successful Portrait

By far, the most common question I am asked about portraiture is, "How does a portrait commission work?" Below are the steps I follow to keep myself and the client on the same page throughout the entire process:













STEP 1: MEETING
This is an important stage of the portrait process. The client and artist discuss the deadline, budget, the direction of the painting and most importantly, the client’s expectations.
STEP 2: PHOTOGRAPHY
Whenever possible, a photography session is scheduled by the artist. This helps the artist get to know the subject of the portrait and to have plenty of reference material to work from. There are some circumstances in which this is not possible and the client then provides photographs for the artist to work from.
STEP 3: DESIGN
At this stage the artist works out all the details of the design, including the composition, color, placement and size of the subjects and background. Once the sketch is approved, the artist can begin the painting.
STEP 4: PAINTING
This stage takes 1-3 weeks to complete depending on the complexity of the painting. Partway through the painting the client is shown the progress to make sure it is meeting his or her expectations. The portrait is then completed, signed and delivered. Afterwards, framing options can be discussed.
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