I'm in! What do I need to do?
Send me an email, via my contact page, with info about what you would like drawn (subject matter, how many subjects, etc) and I will give you a cost estimate. Once I receive your 50% deposit, I'll let you know when I can begin your portrait. I often have a waiting list, so apologies in advance if there's a delay.
Send digital photographs of your subject via the email link on the Pricing and Terms page. Please make sure they're clear, high-resolution photos.
What Will I Get, and When?
Depending on my workload, you should receive your portrait within about a month of placing your order. I will contact you directly if there is a scheduling issue.
I'll send you one work-in-progress photo via email, then a photo of the finished art. Once I receive your 50% balance payment, the art will be shipped.
You will receive the drawing matted and placed inside a clear, protective plastic sleeve. That will be sent to you via the U.S. Postal Service in a hard cardboard shipping envelope. The drawing (original art) has been sprayed with a fixitif, but please DO NOT touch the drawing. It may still smudge.
How Long Do These Take You?
It varies, depending on the complexity of the subject, but on average, one subject takes anywhere between 12 and 16 hours to complete.
What is your process?
I always start with a rough sketch. I then put my sketch on a light table and trace my own sketch onto a page of Strathmore 80lb drawing paper. I then begin to very slowly build up tones and detail. Starting light is the key!