I start a portrait by talking or e-mailing the client. We talk about who the portrait is of, size of artwork, personality and likes of person, color schemes, etc.
I collect as many photos as possible of that person and go through and pick some of the better shots and/or take my own shots of the person
Another option is to include "A slice of life" type of shot when possible since a portrait is not just the face but what that
person does in life also. (Playing tennis, talking to friends, with a favorite pet, etc.) I found that this can make for a more interesting painting also.
TRADITIONAL STYLE PORTRAITS
"Carena, Haley & Alana"
3' x 3' acrylic on canvas
Some of the shots I based this particular painting on:
The rest of the paintings elements, garden, angel statue, etc. were added as the painting slowly develops.
MEMORIAL MONTAGE STYLE PORTRAITS
"Chris and his Dad"
A MEMORIAL MONTAGE PORTRAIT of a clients father who had passed away.
This is based on eight photos. A montage was created with a Chicago skyline background.
36" x 36" acrylic on canvas
From photo to painting
HISTORIC STYLE PORTRAITS
Based on a classic Jack Nicklaus Photograph
Portrait of President Truman touring Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California (painted in a Historic sepia-toned manner)
Golfers (painted in a Historic sepia-toned manner)
Arnold Palmer classic portrait painting (in soft antiqued, historic sepia color tones)
BOLD AND COLORFUL MODERN STYLE PORTRAITS
Buddha type portrait painted on a loose canvas tapestry style with gold leaf around edges
The Beatles portrait on loose canvas, tapestry style with fringe & beads in corners
Local Muscian, Leo Dombecki
PORTRAITS USED FOR BUSINESS
Grand Masters of Martial Arts - Grandmaster James Patrick Lacey & Fred Villari
Portraits can be more than a face...
This request was a client for her husbands favorite car. Hand-drawn in colored pencil.
More portraits used for business:
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