How to Commission a Pencil Portrait

See Pricing for Pencil Portraits

Aaron Art Procedure to Commission a Pencil Portrait

  1. Review Pricing for Pencil Portraits, above, and complete the form to commission a pencil portrait. You will receive an email acknowledgement and a request for your reply with reference photos attached. If you wish, you can mail photos to the address in the email. They will be returned with the finished portrait.Even if the photo was taken years back, if is workable, it can be drawn or painted. I have done portraits from old beat up partially faded daguerreotype photos and portraits of a single person taken from a group photo. I’ve done portraits of two people from separate photos, and a portrait of a group of four people from elements of more than 10 photos.
  2. Please attach sharp, clear photo(s) in jpeg format (300 ppi) to your reply and send. The more the better If you wish the portrait to be based on a group photo, please specify which person should be the subject of the portrait. If it’s to be a multiple person portrait based on separate photos containing more than one person in each, please specify which person(s) or pet is/are the subject(s).In combining more than one subject from separate photos, the key element is that the light source of all photos come from the same direction. It doesn’t have to be, but it goes a long way to making it easier to give you my best work. I aim for your 100% satisfaction. You have approval before you pay anything, final approval before you pay the balance, and a money back guarantee. Don’t worry. All photos you send  snail mail will be returned with the portrait
  3. Shortly thereafter, you will get an email containing an attachment showing the portrait’s layout and an invoice. Reply with your choice, click the PayPal button, and pay the invoiced amount (one third of the total invoice.) You don’t need a PayPal account to use it. If you wish to be invoiced at a different email address please let me know at this time.
  4. When the portrait is complete, you will receive an email  with your final portrait attached and an invoice for the balance. If all is satisfactory, click on the PayPal button.  Should you have any objections or revision suggestions, let the me know immediately. Once revisions are completed, you will receive similar email and if all is satisfactory, click the payment button.   Your portrait and certificate of authenticity will be shipped on receipt of payment. (Connecticut residents will be charged a 6.35% sales tax.)

By sending the photos, you are confirming that you either own the copyright to them or have gained permission or license from the copyright owner to grant me permission to use the image of your portrait in my advertising material for an indefinite period of time. You also indemnify me against any claims made by persons claiming to own the copyright.

Procedure for Artist to take photos for pencil portraits

Available to Connecticut residents only.

A good portrait not only captures a likeness of a subject, it reveals his/her personality, and tells something about him/her. A portrait is the result of how a person’s character is filtered through the artist’s eye and his/her craftsmanship in drawing or painting the portrait. While I work from reference photos, it does make a difference if he can observe the subject and location in person in order to determine the best pose and lighting to bring out his/her personality for the purpose of the portrait.

  1. Review the price list above, complete the order form and submit. Important, in the request form check YES in the field that says: Do you wish for me to take reference photos?
  2. You will receive an email from me within 24 hours requesting your phone number and a convenient time for to discuss where the subject(s) are to be photographed (indoor, outdoor), a mutually agreed upon time and place photographs will be taken along with other pertinent details.
  3. At the agreed upon time and place, the details will be reviewed, photos will be taken of varied poses and lighting. I may make a sketch  from life. Time permitting; I will review the photos with you (and the subject) to arrive at a consensus as to the best photo(s) to reveal the subject’s personality. The fee for this is $15/hour plus travel expenses. All effort will be made to keep this cost reasonable. If time does not permit, you will shortly thereafter receive an email with several photos attached for review. When you (and the subject(s)) choose the preferred photo, please reply with your choice.
  4. You will receive an email with one or more attachments containing a working sketch of the portrait’s layout.    Reply with your choice. You will receive an invoice by email for 1/3 the portrait’s price plus the fee for the photography session to be paid  through PayPal. Once deposit is received, I will start the portrait.
  5. When the portrait is complete, you will receive an email with the finished portrait attached for your approval  and an invoice for the balance. If all is satisfactory, click on the PayPal button.  Should you have any objections or revision suggestions, let me know immediately. Once revisions are completed, you will receive a similar email. If all is satisfactory, click the payment button.    (Connecticut residents will be charged a 6.35% sales tax.)
  6. Your portrait and certificate of authenticity will be shipped on receipt of payment.