- INITIAL SITTINGS
The portrait process begins with one or two sittings. These sittings can take place at the subject's home, office or other location. In the course of these sittings, the size and general composition of the portrait are decided. Next, the pose, lighting, costume, setting and expression are decided. Extensive photographic reference material is created.
- THE PRELIMINARY STUDY
Back in the studio, the artist creates small sketches. A more finished drawing is then created to the approximate dimensions of the final painting. The elements of lighting, composition and expression are refined in the final drawing. The client and the subject are often invited to comment on the finished drawing.
At this point, the final size of the painting is determined, the materials are selected and the canvas is stretched.
- STUDIO WORK
A sustained period of studio work begins in which the details of the composition are refined on canvas, one by one, and in concert. The artist brings the painting as near to completion as possible. A final sitting or sittings may be needed.
- THE FINAL SITTING(S)
If a final sitting is needed, it takes place at a mutually selected location. The painting is shipped to the location. As the subject sits, the artist makes the crucial finishing touches. Often, close family members or associates are invited to provide input. The painting is now finished except for final varnish to preserve the painting.