FIGURE PAINTING TUTORIAL
The process of any project of any genre starts with many studies. However, if it is a figure or portrait I usually hire models (I like to make the studies from life but also take photographs for reference), because is the way to capture not only their features but also their feelings, it develops a connection between you and the sitter and that get printed in the canvas. A project like that usually takes from 3 to 5 weeks, depending of the dimension of the canvas and complexity of composition.
Commissions can be made of any subject, most common is portrait but also you can order figures (like family members, couples and/or nude,s), still life and/or landscapes.
Payments can be made through PayPal, Wire transfer, debit/credit card, Zelle or cash app. Half of the fee has to be paid in advance and the other half when is done.
If you like something from the gallery and would like to purchase it write to the email provided in contact and ask if the artwork is still available.
Portrait Session: schedule a meeting to see best time for both sides, I always recommend do sessions in the morning as it is when there is better light, otherwise client has an specific idea. I usually work with natural light, this is way I pinpoint this.
Where do sessions take place? sessions take place in my studio, client's house or any other specific location.
How long does a session last? I have two different session options. A sitting session where I choose the pose and do a color study, I might take some photographs as well if the sitter can only pose few times to help me with the process, this might last 2 or 3 hours each time. And a photo session where I take different photographs in different poses and then choose one for the project, this one will take place just once and last about 1 or 2 hours.
Artwork pick up: this will depend on what your order is. Drawings take approximately 1 to 2 weeks. Paintings usually take longer, they go up to 4 or 5 weeks depending on composition, complexity and size.
Material preparation: I prepare my canvases by hand sometimes as well as buying them already made I make sure they have the best quality. Already made linen canvas I like is 'claessens'. I use mediums taken from proven old master recipes and paints sometimes made by myself or with the best qualities brands such as Artist of Winsor and Newton, Old Holland, Gamblin, Michael Harding, etc. These brands select carefully the finest pigments and thorough grinding into cold-pressed linseed oil that ensure them not to separate and to last longer. I bring together the best of the ancient world techniques with the contemporary researches.