This post has been written to help anyone looking to commission a piece of Art, the importance of quality reference photographs.
Using this latest portrait by John of a German Shepherd as an example, you can see from the photograph that many factors on the actual Pastel painting have been improved specifically the colouration and shading.
As an Artist, the whole concept of producing a portrait is not to just copy a photograph but to improve and balance the whole image itself so what you see is an equal measure of dark & light, detail and quality - this is what a Fine Art Artist does - Let me give you a few examples:
POOR LIGHT QUALITY
We can tell from this photograph that the light source is coming from the back of the dog and highly likely that it was taken in the afternoon or evening as the sun was setting - what this has caused is excessive shadows to the dogs right side and too much light on the top and to the left of the dog - In the Artwork, John made sure that he created a balance, evening out the dark and light tones.
LACK OF DETAIL
This photographic image was blown up from a phone photograph which is not always of great quality and once enlarged onto print paper, detail is lost. The actual reference image seen here was lacking detail in the eye area and John then had to use an online photograph example to produce the bright eyes that you see in the Artwork alongside the bright brown tones and catchlights also added.
After many years of producing Pet portraits, dogs in particular, John has a natural ability to correct and improve his dog portraits - the proportions of the dog is adjusted to fit (if the angle of the subject is too close, distorting the facial features such as an enlarged nose)
John is also naturally aware of the flow of fur around the facial area and that long fur will naturally flow in different directions and short hair tends to follow a certain direction around the facial area.
By providing John with a good quality reference image allows him to provide you with a highly detailed, quality Pet portrait that you can hang on your wall for many, many years to come.
See the latest progress images on John's Pet portrait Commissions and other Artworks created. View the latest information on work for sale, Representing Galleries or Exhibitions as well as posts sharing John's photography images of Birds, Wildlife and trips out and about.