Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Update on My Portrait Commissions

My blogs have been very sporadic lately - I apologize for that, but the reason is that I am really happy to be busy with portrait commissions. I realize that this is a difficult time financially for many of us, and I feel very blessed to have work right now. So, I am devoting most of my time to these commissions in order to do my best work. I just finished one that I mentioned earlier - the client had provided me with old black and white photos from which I created a color portrait. People often ask me which colors I use for portraits, but I do not believe in formulaic methods of creating skin tones - every person has unique coloring and facial contours. For this reason, I relied on referencing some newer photos of the subject at an older age, and also worked with the client to fill in the blanks. I will post this once the portrait has been presented to and accepted by the client.

Right now I am in the planning phase of my next group of commissions, which are more straight forward in the sense that I have color photographs of the subjects. I also have a couple of portraits where I have met the subjects, which is always my preference.


Artman2112 said...

ahhhhh yes, to get paid for doing your art, what could be better than that! i agree with you, cant have a "formula" for skin tones unless you plan on having every one of your people look the same right? looking forward to seeing your latest piece Holly, your work is amazing!

Chantell Van Erbe said...

In these financially lean times, work is a blessing. Good for you, Holly.