The best reference photos are high resolution, using natural lighting, and taken at eye level. For better quality photos, be sure to save the photo (rather than screenshot), and send it at full size in an email. Sending multiple photos is also very helpful! This helps me to see the personality, colour, etc. I'll communicate with you and discuss which photo is best and why. All of that being said, I understand that many portraits are of loved ones that have passed away and therefore newer / better reference photos may be difficult to get. I'll do my best to work with whatever you have available. Remember - the better the photo, the better the portrait!
When can I expect my portrait commission to be ready?
Timelines vary depending on the size and scope of the project, as well as how many other portraits are being done at the same time. Generally you can expect your portrait to be completed and ready for shipping / pick up within one month. If you have a specific deadline in mind (as a gift for example) , please let me know and I'll do my best to get it to you in that timeframe and will continue to communicate with you throughout the process so you know when to expect the finished work. Please note that if your portrait is being shipped, approximately one week should be allowed for shipping (depending on location). Pick up is also available in Toronto.
How does it work if I want a portrait with multiple subjects?
You'll notice on the pricing chart that you can add extra subjects to your portrait (depending on the size). Adding extra subjects to a portrait adds time. This may mean your portrait takes a tad longer to complete and it adds a minor cost to account for that. If you are able to provide a photo with multiple subjects together, great! However I understand this is not always possible. I am able to combine multiple separate photos (within reason and depending on quality and lighting) for a minor compositing fee of $20.00. When combining separate photos, it is important to try to find photos that have similar lighting and angles. I'm happy to help and walk you through the process!
My financial situation isn't great, can you explain or help with the cost?
I completely understand! Firstly, I work hard to keep my pricing as affordable and accessible as possible, while still charging a fair wage for myself. It can take anywhere from 20 to 100+ hours of focused work to complete many portraits, depending on the size and scope of the project, If you want a portrait but find it is a bit outside your price range (whether it is for yourself or for a gift), feel free to get in touch and I will suggest the best size or style based on the reference photos provided and do anything I can to help. Payment plans are also available if that is helpful to you. Please get in touch and we will find something that works for you!
Is it possible to get multiples or prints of the same portrait?
Yes it is! A second (or third etc.) drawing of the same image is available at a discounted rate. Since the measuring portion / line drawing is already completed for the first one, a copy can be made without the added time of measuring and therefore is possible to do for a lower price. If you would like prints in addition to your portrait (to give out to family members etc.) that is possible too. Note that this may add a little more time to your estimated shipping or pick up date as the prints need to be ordered and delivered before shipping your portrait. Colours on prints may vary slightly from the original - there is only so much control I have over the print colours, but they are still quite accurate with minor colour differences. If you have already gotten a portrait in the past and would like a print or second drawing made later on, please get in touch! All line drawings and photos are saved and available for later use.