Commissioning A Portrait
A portrait painting of a loved one is the best way to beautifully capture and honor our connection to that person. The timelessness and value of a one-of-a-kind piece created by an artist that is passionate and committed to excellence in the execution of his craft are immeasurable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the commissioning process start?
It starts right here. If you’ve made it to this point, it means that you are ready for a new original painting, but still, have some essential questions that you need to be answered before making a decision. I’m always available for a free, personal consultation via phone, text, or email, about what vision you have and the purpose of your new portrait piece.
You, more than anyone, already know the value of the portrait art you are looking for. My personal purpose and responsibility as an artist are to turn that vision into a tangible reality you can bring into your life, and hold for generations to come.
Do you paint from a sitting subject or do you paint from a photo reference?
It is actually a mix of both, depending on your needs and availability.
Here are my available options;
A– The portrait subject comes to my studio for a photo reference shoot and sketch studies.
B– I come to the subject’s location for a photo reference shoot and sketches
(if you are within a 20-mile radius of New York City)
C– I work from photo references provided by the client.
(Before accepting any commission from client provided photos I would first review the suitability of the photos for portrait painting work)
I would love to work with you, but I’m not within your travel radius.
What can I do?
If you would like me to come to you but you are in another state, I can add travel expenses to the price of your portrait, depending on where you are located. But in most cases, option C would be a convenient alternative.
Do you only paint people?
The main focus of my work is people, but I truly just enjoy painting in general. I can also paint pets, landscapes, and still life, but always making sure that I stay true to my creative and stylistic truth
What is your portrait painting process?
I work my oil paintings in a traditional layered process that starts with a very basic charcoal pencil outline of the subject onto a cotton canvas to establish scale and positioning. After the sketch is done I then paint a monochrome rendering of the reference photo to use as 1st base layer (usually in dark brown or greenish-brown). After the first layer is dry I do what is called “color block-in”, where I assign a thin base layer of the main colors in the portrait.
After all the visual color references are in place, I then start to develop and build the skin tones through various sessions of oil paint layering.
This process goes on for several days (and nights) since each layer needs to be allowed to dry before applying the next.
The way I paint skin tones is the only somewhat consistent aspect of my process, I tend to let loose some more with outfits and background elements.
How long does it take?
Commissioned portraits completion time depends on the complexity and scale of the painting. On average it takes me from 4 to 6 weeks to finish a painting.
What are your fees and payment process?
If we are doing an in-person photoshoot, I would require a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total fee, along with a signed contract with the details of the commission agreement included.
If you are submitting a reference photo remotely, the deposit and the signed agreement would work the same, but I would send the contract via email and you can sign it digitally.
“Andres is the man. His talent, professionalism, and ability to capture the less than noticeable(but important) details of a picture is outstanding. I commissioned a portrait of my 1 year old son in a bathtub, and he nailed it. Throughout the process Andres kept me up to date on the progress, and he incorporated my feedback on colors to match a specific room in my home. I’m floored at the quality of work and the turn around time to produce this. Much appreciation to Andres on a portrait that will be with my family for at least my lifetime. Worth every cent and more(Can’t put a price on it).”
– Jeffrey K. (Carson, CA)
“I had a poor quality photo of our kids from several years ago that I had always loved but couldn’t print it or anything because it was low-res. So I worked with Andres — sent him that photo and then some others so he could better capture the kids’ facial features. I love the result! It captures a time in their childhood that was magic.”
– Deborah K. (Lynnwood, WA)
“Andres’ work is beautiful, I love what he painted for me. He made it easy to order, showed me the progression of the piece and worked quickly. I hope to get other pieces from him in the future.”
– Robert G. (Brooklyn, NY)
“Andres created an incredible portrait for me, considering my input and bringing to life a favorite photo of a beloved grandmother and mother. Our family will proudly hang his work in our home, admiring how he managed to capture her spirit perfectly! Many, many thanks, Andres!”
– Teresa B. (Scottsdale, AZ)
“Andres’ work is phenomenal. I am still in awe of how he brought my picture to life. I asked him if he would be able to complete and send a portrait in 2 weeks since it was a birthday present, and he got it done!!! I really appreciated his updates on the progress and even working with me being very picky about eyebrows lol he handled the whole process so graciously. My fiancé loved the portrait!!! I will absolutely be ordering another one from him. I highly highly highly recommend his work!”
– Mimi S. (Tracy, CA)
Small size canvas:
9 x 12 in. to 16 x 20 in.
Prices start at $530*
Medium size canvas:
20 x 24 in. to 24 x 30 in.
Prices start at $925*
Large size canvas:
30 x 40 in. to 36 x 48 in.
Prices start at $2,500*
* Listed fees do not include tax, shipping cost,
and travel expenses (when needed)
My payment options are:
Cash, Visa or Mastercard, Venmo, Zelle, and Paypal.
(Installment payment options are available)