My son called me and said this guy who he is buying a motorcylce from was wondering if I could paint a portrait from a picture he has of himself and his wife who has died. The man saw the kids pictures I did in Jim's house which made him ask.
So of course Jim said he would ask, the guy said he would pay me. UGH.... my first reaction was nope I don't need that kind of stress, I'm not that good. But then I thought 'why not give it a try'. So I told Jim that I would do it but the guy needs to know I will not be doing the portrait free hand. I will trace a blown up copy of the picture on to the canvas and paint it as best I can. I need to have a digital copy of the photo. Also I will not take a payment for the picture but if he wants to donate something for my art supplies I will accept that. I know this guy has no money and I do not have the confidence to charge for a portrait I do. So I'm guessing this will be my next project after the bottle picture I'm working on...or rather not working on...life is too busy.
I totally understand Terry. My 30 year high school reunion is this year, and last fall, the people in charge of it saw a couple of my sketches on FB, and decided to commission me to do several sketches of our High School, from yearbook pictures no less, and they would be auctioned off at the reunion. I just about had an aneurysm!!!
Fortunately for me, a bunch of drama happened a couple of months later, and I was kind of forgotten....Thank the stars!!!
Just let them know up front that if it's not working out you will tell them, "nevermind". The lady who has commissioned my work on the chapel understands and is fine with that. After all, I receive nothing and she is missing out on nothing if it doesn't work. Kind of takes the pressure off and I know I am having more fun with it that way.
Yup Susan and Leighann, I can tell you totally understand how I feel about this. Also I may have to give it a few tries before I get one I like. He says I can take as long as I want. I think I did six portraits of my granddaughter Johanna until I got one that I liked, and multiple ones of all the other kids too. I really don't mind doing that because each time teaches me something.
I just got the photo to do in my email.....It turns out I know these people. Sure is a small world. They are friends of a friend of my son's. They were at my son's funneral four years ago and the women, Pat, said the the 21st Psalm with me, she struck me as such as sweet caring person at the time that I remember her clearly even though that hard time is kind of a blur now. I had no idea she died. I have to do a good job on this even if I have to do it a 100 times to get it right. I'm going to make this my next WIP.
I want all the advice and criticism you care to give as I progress. Every one here has been so helpful to me and I know I've grown from being on this forum.
I'm going to ask a couple composition questions. I've read that in a good composition the subject(s) are off center of the picture. When you a doing a portrait of a couple would you center the couple...which would make both of them off center or would you shift the subjects slightly to the left or right?
Also what about back ground color...I'm not sure what would be best with blue shirts and fair skinned people.