Each portrait is created with the finest materials to ensure
the painting to last for several generations. Your portrait
will be custom designed to reflect not only the likeness but
the spirit as well. In order to provide you with such a painting
several steps are necessary.
The First Meeting
During the initial meeting we will discuss your ideas
and desires for your portrait. Generally this consists of
where it will hang, the approximate size and overall effect.
Your input is essential at this point. My goal is to listen,
get to know the subject and make any recommendations I may
feel appropriate, such as type of clothing, background(s),
personal items to consider placing in the portrait along with
artistic guidance. Some preliminary photography may take place
at this point.
I will photograph the subject for use as reference material
for the portrait. This may be up to 100 shots with adjustments,
usually minor, to capture enough reference for the portrait.
This step can take 2 - 3 hours. For posthumous portraits as
well as vignettes and other sizes, John will review your sources
for use as reference material.
The Color Study
Initially, a small preliminary color study for skin tones
is created during photography. After photography the images
are reviewed. From this review a small color study, usually
at my studio, is created to confirm composition, lighting,
color, cropping and general feel. Once the color study is
approved the painting can begin. A final sitting may be necessary
for small details or adjustments.
John is available for help in choosing your frame for aesthetic
and archival purposes.