Fine Art Portraits

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Portraits can range from formal to whimsical. Whether it is a portrait of you sitting at your kitchen table drinking a cup of tea, splitting a stack of winter fire wood, riding your favorite horse, or holding a goat that is named after you; portraits can be a wonderful way of remembering a time in your life or someone you love. My portraits are created in a realistic, yet painterly style and are based off of photos provided by you.

To book your portrait commission, simply email me with your reference photos, the size, and any specific ideas for a background (or you can let me choose). We will work together to discuss the creation of your portrait. Once we agree on a size and layout, then I will then email you an invoice for a deposit and book your commission. The balance is collected after the portrait is completed and approved.

Portrait Sizes and Pricing

Below are my estimated sizes and prices for portrait art commissions. Complex backgrounds and additional subjects may incur additional fees. Shipping is based on location. I am happy to quote you on sizes not listed. A minimum of a 20% deposit is collected to book all commissions. Contact me with any questions or to book your commission.

Gift Size

Gift size portraits are 5x7 matted to an 8x10. They come gift wrapped and are ready to frame. Shipping is included.

Regular Sizes

Regular portraits come on archival paper and are not matted. Shipping is not included and is based on location. Contact me for additional sizes.

Portrait Reference Photo Guide

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portrait reference photo guide

A guide to help you find and take the best reference for your custom portrait

As a realistic portrait artist, I rely heavily on detailed reference photos to accurately paint your portrait. The more detail, the better able I am to render a more realistic painting.  Below are some tips in taking and choosing a reference photo.

CAMERA

You do not need to have a DSLR camera to take a good photograph! Most iPhones and Androids can take fantastic photos, if taken in the right lighting. Of course, if you do have access to a DSLR or a friend who has one, use it!

LIGHTING

Turn off the flash! A flash will make a photo look flat and oftentimes will give the subject red-eye. Instead, use natural light. Take your photos outside on a cloudy day or indoors in a well-lit room by a window.

ANGLES

Portraits tend to look best when taken at at eye level. Angling up or down can sometimes skew the body and make it look out of proportion. Taking a photo too close can also skew the image by causing a fish-eye effect. Try to make sure the subject fills the frame and isn’t cut off or too far away. Bust shots (head and chest) make excellent portraits.

Don’t Panic!

You don’t need to be a professional photographer to take good photos! All you need to do is recognize the difference between a good photo and a bad photo and follow my tips above. Sometimes it just takes a bit of patience. If you are still unsure, you can always email me at GuildbrookArt@gmail.com

Examples of Good Photographs:

Below are some examples of good photographs. Consider taking or choosing a photo that represents your subject, such as doing a hobby they love or with a favorite pet. Also, note that not all portraits need to include a face!

With Your Pet

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Non-Traditional/No Face

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Doing a Hobby

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Non-Traditional/Bust

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Non-Traditional/No Face

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Traditional Bust

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If you have any questions, feel free to Contact me and I can help!