When starting a commissioned portrait the artist would first like to meet with the client. It is an important time to lay down the groundwork for the project, and also nice to get to know the client on a more familiar level; this will aid in making the painting and help determine how to best portray the client’s presence in the painting.
During the meeting, clients should be prepared to discuss the setting of the background, if applicable, the attire of the client, and the general mood of the painting. At the first or second meeting, if necessary, photos will then be taken. The artist enjoys working from life, but often times, the painting can best be completed in a timely manner if the painting is aided by photos.
After the initial blocking of the painting, or a small sketch of the proposed work has been done, the client will have an opportunity to make changes or comments; it is important to make sure satisfaction is guaranteed regarding the layout and look of the planned portrait. Additional details about the portrait can be worked out with the sitter at this time.
If the subject is available for additional sittings toward the end of the painting, the artist will then be able to enhance and add finishing touches to the final painting directly from the model.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required prior to commencement of the commission, with the final 50% due upon completion and delivery. There may be an added fee for additional figures or for an elaborate background; quotes upon request.
Additional charges may be added for travel, lodging, shipping, and framing, if it applies.
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