Custom Portraits - How It Works
Commissions are always welcome!
How a Portrait is created:
1. Most people have a special photo or pose they would like to capture. If this is the case, that's where we start. If you don't have a particular photo or photos to work from (and the subject is available) Chuck can shoot new photos.There is usually no charge for this, as Chuck generally prefers working from his photos, where lighting is controlled, and the facial anatomy clearly defined.
2. The next step is to discuss approximate size and "style" of the portrait. Every portrait is one-of-a-kind, so the possibilities are up to you. Chuck's portraits are often "narrative". . . works that express a mood or tell a story. Chuck's preference is for more dynamic, interesting poses, where the subject is captured in a "moment in time" This "freeze-frame" style has become his signature trademark. However, you may prefer a more traditional, photo-realistic approach, a more "wispy, ethereal" approach, or maybe a looser, more impressionistic look. Chuck is comfortable doing any of these styles....the important part is giving you the portrait you absolutely love. You can see each of these styles on this web site as reference.
3. From this information, a final fee is agreed on, with no surprises.
4. We then review the photos and select the images and expressions that capture that special "spark of energy".
5. From there, Chuck composes the painting; preparing a digital "rough", with size, proportions, color and background recommendations for your approval. Note, like the example below, separate photos can be "assembled" to create your masterpiece. "Marrying" photos together can be virtually seamless provided the photo quality is good and there is similar lighting direction and intensity. Elements such as hair style, clothing colors and backgrounds can also be modified.
6. Once we are "OK to go" the actual painting begins.The final portrait is rendered in the studio. While typically a portrait is completed in 4 to 5 months, rush orders are sometimes possible.
In addition to Portraits, you can also commission Figurative, Landscape and Still Life works. Just ask!