Portraits by order
A commissioned portrait is
different from a free style portrait as it requires working together with
the person who gives the assignment. Therefore it is vital that the artist
is sensitive to expectations, special wishes, is able to adapt the painting
to match another portrait or create double portraits on one canvas.
Portraits painted by
life or in memory
Thankfully most portraits can be made when a person is alive and a
photoshoot is possible, but
a painting in memory is a very dear gift for most people as often only
photos are left.
There is no price difference. A photoshoot takes about half an hour and
afterwards I reflect together with the client on the photos suitable for
In case someone passed away I can only work with existing material and
so it is even more vital to exchange information with the relatives.
It is important to know whether the photos are a true resemblance and
also to compare photos from different angles to get a 3D image, to
what kind of person he or she was, in which period in his or her life
the photos were taken and so on. It is necessary to tune in once I start
drawing or painting to establish a connection and be as close to a
resemblance as possible.
Preliminary studies in
pen, pencil and/or pastel
After the first
exploratory phase, I start drawing. A black and white drawing to examine
how much contrast a person can take in the final portrait and a pastel
colored drawing to feel what colors are suitable. Drawing is not always
necessary, sometimes photos are providing enough guidance.
Drawing however can help you to get an insight in the possibilities and
choices to consider. Moreover, a drawing by pen, pencil or pastel
can also be commissioned. Not everyone desires a painted portrait on
Portrait in paint
The final portrait is
made in acrylic. I can work with oil paint, but my health is dear to me
so I prefer acrylic paint. Nowadays acrylic is available in very good
quality and will last a long time.
Various techniques and effects are possible.
Before the portrait "Bonpa" was made, the client indicated that she
liked a spontaneous, impressionistic style and these wishes were
implemented while painting the portrait. Grandma who ordered two
portraits from her grandchildren had envisioned those paintings
side by side, however the children had a very different energy. Still a
match was needed.
The portrait of "Grandma with grandchild" was commissioned to a photo as
a present. The client has provided additional information according the
shape of the face, because the background and facial color were at some
places blending together.
This problem can also apply to color of the eyes when a blurry photo is
all there is to work with. Even a blurry photo can be a source for a
good portrait, so never hesitate to ask my opinion whether it is
possible or not.. with a little help and temporary feedback from you
we'll get there together.
The portraits in this section are published with permission.
A complete package
one photoshoot or interview (memory portraits), photo editing,
+ portrait in acrylic paint on canvas 30 x 30 / 30 x 40 cm
Total 350 euro.
Size 40 x 40 / 40 x 50 cm: 400
Size 50 x 60 / 50 x 70 cm: 500 euro.
Size 60 x 80: 600 euro.
Black and white drawing ink/ballpoint size A4: 150 euro.
Black and white drawing pencil size A4: 100
Color drawing with pastels size A3: 75 euro.
Different sizes or materials can be delivered, please request a free quote