Portrait Painting Procedure and Fees
Painting study session with Governor Robert Wise,
former Governor of West Virginia, Charleston, West Virginia
Photo study session with Bishop
Charles von Rosenberg, Knoxville, Tennessee
Final delivery/sitting session with Louis Caldera,
former Secretary of the Army and his wife, Washington, D.C.
Initial Meeting – One of the most
important steps in developing the portrait is getting your client to feel
comfortable with you from the start. Usually this is accomplished around a
meal setting prior to the sitting to discuss the portrait, its function,
appropriate attire, props, background and any other considerations.
The Sitting – A photography session, which usually requires two to
three hours, per individual, is accomplished either that day or the next
morning. The next sitting (approximately three to four hours, per
individual) follows with a compositional painting study. This provides Mr.
Martin information about warm and cool skin tones and attire colors
affected by light and shadow areas.
Compositional sketches – Prior to the painting process, a series of
sketches that are selected from the photo study are sent to the client for
approval. The client will select one of the versions for Mr. Martin to
create for the final painting.
The Painting Process – This starts from the result of materials
developed through the photo study, the painting study, and the sketches.
With this setting, Mr. Martin’s ability and imagination take over to
produce the final painting. Upon request, Mr. Martin will send an email
update of the painting in progress. Also, during the process, Mr. Martin
will establish a delivery date.
The Final Sitting – Upon completion of the final painting, Mr.
Martin will ship the painting and will travel to the client’s location for
a final sitting. Any touch-up and/or adjustments to the portrait, if
needed, is accomplished for final approval.
Fees – Because of the diversity in subject matter and style, price
estimates are evaluated upon request. Business and
Institutional commissions start at $27,000. Information is given concerning
individual and additional figures, identifiable background scenes,
extraordinary objects to appear in the image, framing, shipping and travel
Contact: John Boyd Martin
Mr. Martin in his studio during the painting process