A commissioned portrait is a unique piece of art that will remain for many generations to come. It is an organic and authentic way of capturing a special moment. Here is my process guide and what you can expect from a commission...
Step 1: Choose your medium
Paintings are completed in oil on linen canvas and are usually finished with a satin/gloss varnish. All are completed using the highest quality pigments on fine Belgian linen. Drawings are completed in graphite, charcoal, and white chalk and are completed on hand toned paper.
Step 2: Sizing
We can discuss the space in which you'd like the painting to be placed, and the size of the piece framed and unframed. For example, will you be wanting a small, humble portrait in an intimate space, or a large statement piece in somewhere more open? If this is a gift for a loved one, it is useful to think about how they would hang the painting too.
Step 3: Quote and time frame
Once the medium, size and subject have been established, I can provide a full quote for your painting. Payments can be split into installments, with a 25% deposit taken to book and begin the work. Paintings can take weeks/months depending on the size and complexity of the piece.
Step 4: Sittings and photo references
First sittings are either completed at my studio or on location. I like to complete some sketches from life, take some reference photos, and then complete the painting from these references. If the desired portrait is an 'alla prima', I'll complete the work directly from life in one session.
Step 5: Painting process
Once the references have been taken and agreed upon, I'll begin the work. Oil paintings take time to dry between layers, so I'll keep you updated throughout the stages to give you an idea of a date of completion. Once the painting has fully dried, I'll finish with a final varnish to give the work protection and increased clarity.
Step 6: Receive your painting
The painting can then be delivered or collected depending on your preference. Framing options can then be discussed too, which I can provide help and guidance with to help finish the artwork and present it beautifully. I can also provide digital images for you to share with friends and family.
If you would like to discuss your painting with me, please email email@example.com or call me on 07850050315.
"What an absolute pleasure from start to finish.
Luke painted our children for a surprise gift for my wife's 40th Birthday. I don't think I truly appreciated the emotional beauty that would be captured in the final piece. Luke's work encompasses the very essence of the relationship between our children. He has produced a painting with soul and charm, that will be a part of our home forever. Thank you sir" - Paul Jewison