The commissioning of a portrait is an exciting time. It is an investment in an heirloom that will be cherished for generations. As such, it will require a number of consultations with the artist to ensure that the legacy you wish to record is handled with accuracy and professionalism.
Below is a description of each stage of the commissioning process. Approximate time allowances for each meeting are indicated. The total time to complete any given portrait is dependent on the artist’s current schedule, but is typically six to nine months.
If you have additional questions or would like to schedule your first consultation, please contact Ms Hash.
Contract Agreement (one hour)
Ms Hash will meet with the client to determine the following criteria for their portrait formality, location, number of subjects, choices for clothing, personal props to be used, approximate unframed size of finished portrait, and final hanging location.
It will be particularly important at this point for Ms Hash to spend time with the subject(s) to begin to understand their personality and the particular characteristics and interests that should be present in the final painting. Having worked as a software engineer and now a mother of two boys, Ms Hash is equally comfortable with children as she is adults in the business world.
The client will then be asked to sign a Portrait Contract which will itemize the decisions made above.
The client will also be asked to consider signing a Model Release Form which gives Ms Hash the right to use images of the painting for advertisement purposes.
Finally the client will remit the commission deposit which authorizes work on the portrait to begin.
Photo Shoot and Selection (two - three hours)
Ms Hash does her own photography and will spend time investigating various poses and lighting options with the subject. She has an excellent ability to create an atmosphere that puts the subject at ease with this process. Approximately 40 to 60 photographs will be taken.
The photographs will be reviewed at this sitting with the client to ensure that the desired facial expression and pose have been captured. It is not necessary that a single, perfect photograph be achieved, since Ms Hash will use her computer background to mix and match the best facial features with the most relaxed body postures to arrive at a reference photograph that she and the client are convinced will yield the desired portrait.
Typically, photo selections are based on facial features that are relaxed and compliment the characteristics of the subject to be asserted in the painting. Good posture, relaxed shoulders and interesting hand positions are also considered. The set of photos capturing the best of these attributes will be used to compose the final portrait.
Sketch Review (30 minutes)
When Ms Hash has completed the sketch from which the painting will result, the client is invited to a review session. This review is typically held at the artist’s studio.
From the sketch the client will gain a thorough understanding of the composition and size of the final painting. If for any reason there are changes that the client would like to see made, this is an appropriate time to have that discussion. Change requests may require rewriting the Portrait Contract and possibly scheduling an additional photo shoot.
When the client is satisfied with the sketch, the Portrait Contract is signed a second time indicating approval of the sketch and authorizing continuation of the portrait.
Portrait Review (one hour)
When Ms Hash is very close to finishing the portrait, the client is invited back to the artist’s studio to a review session. It is recommended that the subject be present at this review to pose for 15 – 45 minutes for any finishing touches that might be necessary. At this session, the client is invited to discuss any minor adjustments that they feel will bring the finished painting in line with their own vision.
When the client is completely satisfied with the painting, the original contract is signed a third time indicating approval of the final painting. The remaining portrait fees are collected at this time.
Ms Hash will retain the painting to sign and date it indicating its completion, and to have the painting professionally photographed.
After the completed painting has been photographed, Ms Hash will notify the client to make arrangements for delivery of the painting. As indicated on the Fees page, local delivery is free. Out of town deliveries must be contracted by the client with a carrier of their choosing.
Please Note: Only certified art movers should be used for this purpose.