Custom high-quality, photo-realistic portraits.
Medium: Graphite on paper.
I choose paper depending on the project. However, I ALWAYS use high-quality, acid-free, and 100% cotton papers. While my usage may vary, papers I have used in the past are Hahnemühle, Fabriano Artistico, Somerset Velvet, Lanaquarelle, and of course Strathmore 500.
TO ORDER A CUSTOM PORTRAIT-
1. Photos are integral to the portrait making process. A high-resolution photo is strongly preferred. Keep in mind that blurred, pixelated images will not translate into true photorealistic drawings! Send one photo, or several photos. I prefer several photos so that the image with best quality and composition can be chosen. I would even suggest taking photos specifically for the portrait. Taking pictures in natural lighting is best! However, I have always enjoyed drawing candid portraits, so it is not absolutely necessary to stage a photo. Simply email your images to lauren.astaire [!at] gmail.com.
***There are some minor changes I will make for a portrait such as tidying hair in certain areas, excluding patterns/words on clothing, removing food from around a child's mouth, etc. What I don't do is switch heads and bodies, create new clothing, change facial expression, draw parts of the body that I can't see, i.e. draw a part of the figure that is cropped out of the photo. As an artist, working from one's head is a necessary skill. However, my objective in photo-realistic portraits is to render my subject artfully, but exact. Large alterations such as these would compromise that objective.
2. Now you must consider sizing/pricing for you portrait. For additional persons add $100 per person. I do not charge extra for full-bodied portraits. I do not charge extra for simple backgrounds. A complex background will have an additional fee, in which I will give you a quote in our initial photo consultation. I am open to custom sizes as well, a price quote on custom sizing upon request. If you need custom sizing, additional persons, or a complex background, I will create custom orders for these when you are ready to checkout. Otherwise, determine the appropriate dimensions for your needs, and select "add to cart". Sizing/Prices are as follows:
3. After selecting your photo, choosing a size, and purchasing your custom portrait***, I will begin your piece. Please expect 2-8 weeks for your drawing to be completed. I will notify you periodically in regards to the status of your portrait. I will then send images of the completed piece to you before you pay the remainder of the amount due.
***I require a 50% deposit to begin work. I will create a custom order at 50% off for your initial deposit. Before the piece is shipped, another custom order for the final payment plus shipping and handling will be made. I also accept payments in three installments. If you have any questions regarding payment options, please ask.
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In addition to custom portraits, I also sell high quality art prints of my original art.
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