Commission a portrait painting
The commissioning of a portrait is a journey in close connection and cooperation between the artist and the sitter. So here are a few hints how to commission a portrait painting at my atelier.
With great pleasure I can make a painting for you in the fields of portrait, nude, landscape or ocean themes.
Here are some generally informations about how to commission a fina art painting, or how to commission a portrait painting. Also you can commission a fine art replication on request.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I would like to commission a painting, but have no idea where to start. Do you have any advice? So if you are new to buying or collecting original art, you are not alone! It can be unsettling, especially if you have not an exactly Idea about you want, like, or dislike. But if you are reading this text at this time, that means you have already seen my work and know you want something similar. With great pleasure I offer a free consultation, in person or over skype or any other medium - there, we can discuss your ideas and bring them to life. I recommend that you are be prepared to answer these questions:
1) Who or what should be shown in the painting?
2) What is the occasion of commissioning this painting?
3) What is the size you like the painting to be, and do you know where it will hang? (This is also important for determining size, pose, frame style, and colors)
4) What is your budget? (Please check my prices below)
5) When do you need it finished work?
First of all I want to stress out that it is absolutely necessary to get to know each other personally and to clarify the details of the order before placing an order. Pictures are usually realized in a combination of a real meeting and photo shoots. Depending on the time available, and depending on the subject, this process is defined together.
Afterwards you will receive a binding offer from me with installment payment steps.
In my approach of portrait painting I try to keep the working process as efficient and profitable as possible.
Therefore I prefer the following procedure, which depends on the subject and the stile wanted (one person, several people, background etc., when do the persons have time)
Getting to know each other - clarification of the main points:
As allready mentioned it is extremely important to get to know each other personally and exchange information about whom the painting is intended for, for what occasion, what size it should be, in what style it should be painted, when it should be finished, where it will be hung, etc. These are all essential factors to create a basic concept for the painting.
Usually 5-10 sessions
are necessary depending on the size of the painting and the number of people.
- 1st meeting - Composition
First personal meeting. Search for the desired composition and pose of sitter and theme, light and shadow. In the process I make sketches and possibly some photos. Duration about 1-3 hours depending on the picture.
- 2nd meeting - sketches and photos
Sketches and photos are created. I prefer a mixture of live sittings and photos, because in my experience this is the most efficient way. During live sittings I control light and shadow, expression and the general appearance and effect, whereas the photos allow me to check the details.
- 3rd meeting - "The Carton"
Discussion of the "carton", this is the first sketch, which is made on cardboard or paper and then transferred to the canvas. This is an essential appointment, as all the important points of the composition are fixed here and should not be changed later.
- 4th meeting:
Presentation of the Umbra execution and briefing
Presentation of the first colour application/layer and intermediate discussion
1-2 hours, or online
6th meeting: 60% of completion
Presentation of the image after various color applications and/or layers, and intermediate discussion
This is a very important date, as minor changes can still be made here without extrem much effort, and the image is already recognizable as such to the layperson.
1-3 hours depending on the picture
7th meeting: preliminary presentation
The picture is 95% finished and it can be discussed about last glazes.
1-3 hours depending on the picture
Price I Hand over I Duration until completition
Handover of the finished picture to the client. Shipping or delivery is also possible, but I would prefer a personally hand over.
Academic Sketch I Academic | Dietro Aria or Sfumato |
The price for an academic Sketch starts at €2.500. (40x53cm as an example) Depending on the format and number of persons, details etc. up to € 5.000.
Duration until completion: approx. 1-2 months depending on details an size.
The price for an academic picture starts at €4.500. (40x53cm as an example) Depending on the format and number of persons, details etc. up to € 50.000.
Duration until completion: approx. 3-9 months depending on details an size.
The price for a painting in Dietro Aria technique starts at €15.000. (40x53cm as an example) Depending on the format and number of people, details etc.
Duration until completion: approx. 6-18 months.
Examples Academic Sketch
Price: starting at € 2.500.-
Example 29,7 x 39,5cm
Examples Academic Portrait
Price: starting at € 5.500.-
Example 38,5 x 33,5cm