Thursday, September 23, 2010

Finished Commission

Finished portrait, black and white charcoal and putty
Almost finished!
Been working hard (and I now have dry eyes and the jitters from too much coffee) but have finished this commission. I've posted the final stages to show my portrait process and the original photo so you can compare the two (portrait to photo).

Final commission of black and white single subject 22"x30" sold for $1,160
Original photo of subject

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New Portrait Update 2

I've spent some more time on this commission. Hope to finish or near finalise either tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Best wishes,
More detailing and shading.

New Portrait Update

An update on my progress with this new portrait commission.

New Portrait Commission Young Woman with Hands in her Hair

I've jumped into my next commission. The boyfriend of this young lady requested a portrait for his house. I've been given a photo to work from and I'm in the early stages of turning his image into a portrait. The final commission is to be 22"x30"

Here are a few images of the early stages and the original photo.

As usual I'll upload some more photos of my portrait process as the work continues.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sylvia Shap Portrait Artist

I wanted to give Sylvia Shap a quick mention. Not only is she a wonderful portrait artist but she has a great talent for the use of color. In combinations, style and vivid but still subtle combinations. Something that I think that I could not do myself. A great and in my opinion an underated artists. Please do take the time to check out her portfolio here.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Commission Portrait African Woman with Beads in her Hair

I've just finished my latest commission. Managed to finish it with a strong flurry of labour. I think when you really get into a commission time really does seem to blur by.

The client asked for some highlighted details so I went with color on the jewellry- the amber beads in her hair and the piercings in her ear.

This commission portrait was a real pleasure to do. Wish I was handed more subjects like this to draw.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Portrait Commission African Woman with Beads in her Hair

Still super busy with a back log of commissions. Started work on a beautiful subject, very pleased with this one. Its to be of a young african woman, black and white with color attention to the beads in her hair. Here's the first couple of images of the work that I've started on.

Malayka Gormally

I stumbled across Malayka Gormally recently while surfing for west coast portrait artists. Of the artwork she's got posted online I greatly admire her work with oils.

Going through her bio list of previous clients you can't but help notice that she's greatly appreciated.

Her work with younger subjects is without a doubt one of her strengths. You can take a look at Malayka Gormally's site here.

Her fees for oil portraits start at the $5,000 mark.

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Friday, September 17, 2010


Still juggling a huge amount of projects and deadlines but managed to finish the portrait for the young couple.

I'll be posting this later today to the client  who wishes to frame it herself.

Right,  on with the next project!

Portraiture Commission for Married Couple

Managed to get a bit more done since this morning. Hopefully I'll be able to get the finishing touches done today.

Working on facial details and added depth.

New Portrait Commission

I've been given a new commission, a present for a young, newly married couple.
Black and white portrait 22"x30" of the two while out on their world travels.
I've a lot on my plate right now but I've made a start on the project and thought I'd upload the first couple of images.
I'll try to finish it this afternoon or by tomorrow morning if I can.

Melanie Phillips & Nicholas Beall

I was forwarded the website of as something to take a look at. I'm glad I took the time to browse their site. Both artists have a great ability to capture their subject's essence, in this case pets, without being clinical or gauche like so many other pet portrait artists.

Take a look at their wonderful site here.
Prices for a 30"x24" portrait start at 1,600 pounds sterling (approx $2,400) but is well worth it considering the quality of art. Also as a neat feature they also offer a framing service, something unusual in the online portrait business world.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Marvin Mattelson, Portrait Artist

I stumbled over Mattelson's work seven years ago. I love his instinctive style and perpetual ability to paint a person's character. Please do take a look at his biography here and do definitely take a sneak peak at his portfolio here. I think Mattelson has a lot to offer, his skill as a portrait artist speaks volumes.

Check out his attention to detail and the feel of his subjects! Exceptional!!

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