You can commission a hand painted portrait painting from wherever you are in the world. I work carefully with you to ensure that your painting will be a true, classic portrait that captures the likeness as well as the spirit of the subject. It is my desire that you feel pride in your commissioned artwork and gain a greater appreciation for fine art in general.
I aim to make the commission process a memorable and enjoyable journey from start to finish, and one that is easy and stress-free.
"The Connection" 45x35" Oil by Ju Oshiro.5 easy steps to commissioning a painting:
1. Free Consultation: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use my contact form HERE to let me know of your interest. I will work with you to schedule an initial consultation, which is completely free. We can speak in person (if you are in the Santa Fe area), over the phone, or on a video call to discuss the commission you have in mind and how to bring your idea to life. I will listen to the vision you have for the painting and will be able to offer my professional recommendations so that together we can achieve the best possible result.
These are my requirements when working from client photos:
- The subject should be photographed with a high quality camera and lens, in soft natural lighting.
- Avoid flash or high contrast sunlight/dark shadows.
- Multiple photo references are always encouraged so that I can get a general idea of the subject's mannerisms, expressions, posture, and likeness in various lighting situations.
The example above shows the study process for "Ignition"
During our consultation, we may discuss:
· The subject and setting of the painting
· Number of people if a group portrait
· The mood of the painting (formal or informal)
· The size of the painting
· Framing considerations
· Your budget
· Turnaround time, i.e., delivery of the painting and whether it is for a special occasion
2. Contract and Initial Deposit: Once we have agreed to move forward, a deposit of 30% of the agreed price will be required to begin the commissioned painting. I will provide a contract that clarifies the price for the work, as well as terms and conditions of our agreement. View Example Contract HERE.
3. Reference Materials: Working from photos requires that I have the best possible reference materials. Here are tips for client-provided photos:
The subject should be photographed with a quality camera and lens, in soft natural lighting.
Avoid flash or high contrast sunlight/dark shadows.
Multiple photo references are always encouraged to give a general idea of the subject's mannerisms, expressions, posture, and likeness in various lighting situations
4. Preliminary sketches, and work in progress: Based on the chosen design, I will provide preliminary sketches and a full color study for your approval. This study reflects the appearance of the full-size painting and gives you the opportunity to make changes before the work begins. I will also stay in touch with you as the painting evolves, to share work in progress. I have found that clients are thrilled to see their special commission come to life over time, and enjoy viewing the painting process of a professional artist.
5. Completion and delivery: When your commissioned painting is completed (this usually takes between one month and six months, depending on the complexity), the balance is due in full prior to shipping. Your unframed commissioned painting may be shipped, delivered or picked up at my studio. If shipping is necessary, it will be included in the quoted price of the painting. I send all US purchases via FedEx or UPS Ground.