Commissioning a portrait:
 
 “I always like to begin the process with an informal, introductory meeting where the sitter and I can discuss any ideas/thoughts they may have for the project. It’s a good opportunity to spend a little time with the  sitter; a couple of hours in someone’s company can be invaluable in getting a brief insight of character. 
 
Over the following week or so, discussions would continue via Email or phone and we would develop a rough idea of direction for the sittings. I try to keep the sittings to a minimum; normally it would involve a couple of afternoon sessions where I would visit the client ( I have found sitters to be much more relaxed in their own environment) where I’d make a few planning sketches and take many reference photos. 
 
When I feel I have sufficient reference material I would begin to mock up a few composition ideas for consideration (either sketches or photo-shopped). We would then spend a couple of weeks fine-tuning via email until there was a definitive agreed reference for me to work from. Finally I would put together an Agreement Email detailing all aspects of the project (size/cost/timescales etc) for approval, with a 25% deposit requested as a firm commitment to the project. Then painting would begin from my studio, depending on workloads and complexity a portrait can take between 1-3 months however consideration will always be given should there be any specific deadlines involved.”
 
 
PROCEDURES & PRICES

Costs:
As every portrait commission is unique, quotations are tailored to fit each individual request. Size, scale, background detail, amount of additional content etc, are all factors which must be taken into account, as such the following costings (and sizes) should be viewed upon as a rough guide only.

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Tim Wijsmuller. Oils on Canvas - 90 x 60cmCommissioning a portrait:
“I always like to begin the process with an informal, introductory meeting where the sitter and I can discuss any ideas/thoughts they may have for the project. It’s a good opportunity to spend a little time with the  sitter; a couple of hours in someone’s company can be invaluable in getting a brief insight of character. 

 Over the following week or so, discussions would continue via Email or phone and we would develop a rough idea of direction for the sittings. I try to keep the sittings to a minimum; normally it would involve a couple of afternoon sessions where I would visit the client ( I have found sitters to be much more relaxed in their own environment) where I’d make a few planning sketches and take many reference photos. 
 
When I feel I have sufficient reference material I would begin to mock up a few composition ideas for consideration (either sketches or photo-shopped). We would then spend a couple of weeks fine-tuning via email until there was a definitive agreed reference for me to work from. Finally I would put together an Agreement Email detailing all aspects of the project (size/cost/timescales etc) for approval, with a 25% deposit requested as a firm commitment to the project. Then painting would begin from my studio, depending on workloads and complexity a portrait can take between 1-3 months however consideration will always be given should there be any specific deadlines involved.”
 
 
Costs:
As every portrait commission is unique, quotations are tailored to fit each individual request. Size, scale, background detail, amount of additional content etc, are all factors which must be taken into account, as such the following costings (and sizes) should be viewed upon as a rough guide only.
 
 
 

Tim Wijsmuller. Oils on Canvas - 90 x 60cmCommissioning a portrait:
“I always like to begin the process with an informal, introductory meeting where the sitter and I can discuss any ideas/thoughts they may have for the project. It’s a good opportunity to spend a little time with the  sitter; a couple of hours in someone’s company can be invaluable in getting a brief insight of character. 

 Over the following week or so, discussions would continue via Email or phone and we would develop a rough idea of direction for the sittings. I try to keep the sittings to a minimum; normally it would involve a couple of afternoon sessions where I would visit the client ( I have found sitters to be much more relaxed in their own environment) where I’d make a few planning sketches and take many reference photos. 
 
When I feel I have sufficient reference material I would begin to mock up a few composition ideas for consideration (either sketches or photo-shopped). We would then spend a couple of weeks fine-tuning via email until there was a definitive agreed reference for me to work from. Finally I would put together an Agreement Email detailing all aspects of the project (size/cost/timescales etc) for approval, with a 25% deposit requested as a firm commitment to the project. Then painting would begin from my studio, depending on workloads and complexity a portrait can take between 1-3 months however consideration will always be given should there be any specific deadlines involved.”
 
 
Costs:
As every portrait commission is unique, quotations are tailored to fit each individual request. Size, scale, background detail, amount of additional content etc, are all factors which must be taken into account, as such the following costings (and sizes) should be viewed upon as a rough guide only.
 
 
 

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Footer Text Quote " It presence was captivating, the portrait had a wonderful warm personality and intimacy, it was quite breathtaking to view and connect with."