Anatomy of a Commission

I wanted to provide some insight into my process for painting pet portraits (which is pretty much my process for all my paintings).  The willing subject is my cat BoBo.

1) From a photo I took of BoBo basking in the sun, I establish an open grisaille underpainting, which helps me form the foundation of light and shadow masses.

2) Now, I block in color to establish initial color relationships, value range, and the light key.

3) Here, I refine color relationships and add color variations inside the light and shade areas.

4) At this stage, I add subject-specific details and model the form to create a more 3-dimensional feel.

5)  Finally, I refine the focal point, adding eye and whisker details and then sign the completed painting.

Easy.  Right?  Well, the process of commissioning me is equally as easy.  First, I provide a complimentary consultation where we’ll meet to discuss your ideas and budgets.  Second, I’ll present a proposal detailing costs and schedules.  Prices are based on several variables including canvas size, and background details.  Most commissions require a 50% down payment with the balance due upon delivery, but I can also tailor terms to meet your needs.  Once the proposal is agreed upon, I get started by taking pictures of your pet, and we agree on the best of the best.  Then the painting process (above) begins.  Most of the time, I’ll email you work-in-progress photos, unless, of course, you want to be pleasantly surprised.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below.  And if you are interested in a pet portrait of your very own pet, please contact me today!