My forays into professional artisthood have been challenging. I’m trying to find a way to make my art a business that can at least support me in some part, without feeling like my art is no longer authentic self expression.
Commissioned portraits start at $50 for a 9″x12″ watercolor which require a about 40 to 60 minutes of sitting for it. That’s enough time for a finished but loosely painted portrait (the portrait below was a 40 minute pose.) If you’re interested in something larger, 50 cents per square inch is a good estimate of a starting price.
If you don’t like the finished piece of art, I get to keep the painting and draw cephalopods all over it.
I’m hoping portraiture will provide that opportunity for me. Unless someone is commissioning me I still want to make them a bit weird. I particularly like cephalopods.
I’ve started taking a portraiture class at my local community college, which has been a nice opportunity to have someone sit for a long pose. The portrait above is 2/3 done. If it doesn’t work out I’ll just keep on going back to figure drawing
If you’re interested in sitting for a portrait from me, let me know.