Commissioning a portrait
The procedure would be as follows:
“Where possible I prefer to have a couple of brief sittings, mainly as a meeting point, but also to take sketches and references photos myself (I appreciate in some cases this is not always possible, so when necessary I will work from photographs given to me by the client, provided they are of good quality)
I try to keep sitting to a minimum; normally it would only involve a couple of afternoon sessions. I would visit the client ( I have found sitters to be much more relaxed in their own environment), discuss ideas, make a few planning sketches and take many reference photos.
Perhaps one of the main benefits is just to spend time with a sitter;
A couple of hours in someone’s company can be invaluable in getting a brief insight of character. 
I would then use the reference material to mock up a few ideas for consideration (either sketches or photoshopped), we would then spend a couple of weeks fine tuning theses ideas via email until there is a definitive agreed reference for me to work from. 
Once agreed, 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.”

Nicholas J Smith MARK ALLBROOK

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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Nicholas J Smith MARK ALLBROOKCommissioning a portrait
The procedure would be as follows:”
Where possible I prefer to have a couple of brief sittings, mainly as a meeting point, but also to take sketches and references photos myself (I appreciate in some cases this is not always possible, so when necessary I will work from photographs given to me by the client, provided they are of good quality)I try to keep sitting to a minimum; normally it would only involve a couple of afternoon sessions. I would visit the client ( I have found sitters to be much more relaxed in their own environment), discuss ideas, make a few planning sketches and take many reference photos.

Perhaps one of the main benefits is just to spend time with a sitter;A couple of hours in someone’s company can be invaluable in getting a brief insight of character. 

I would then use the reference material to mock up a few ideas for consideration (either sketches or photoshopped), we would then spend a couple of weeks fine tuning theses ideas via email until there is a definitive agreed reference for me to work from. 

Once agreed, 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."