Ordering A Portrait & How It Works

This page is a guide on the procedures of the different types of portraits I offer - every assignment is unique so the procedures may vary.

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Photo Reference Portrait

(Disclaimer: I have my clients' permission to share their photos)

This option is for those who wish to have your photo transformed into a piece of stylised art!

Scenario 1:

For this assignment, my client sent me the following photos to work with. It was a gift and she’d wanted me to draw her friend's dog in.

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I proceeded to work on the sketch.

My client was happy with the sketch so I went ahead with the colour.

Once my client was satisfied with the final artwork, I sent it for printing.

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Scenario 2:

For this assignment, my client couldn't find a nice family photo with a decent backdrop, so she sent me a couple of photos and asked my opinion. She was fine with ‘any background that didn’t look boring'. It was meant to be a surprise wedding anniversary gift for her husband so she'd also requested the word 'Happy 13th Anniversary' to be added.

I thought this photo looked great and suggested a beach for the background since she told me they lived in Hawaii.

She was happy with my ideas with two requests - 1) to have her hair down so she’d looked more 'girly' :) and 2) Artie (their brown dachshund) to be looking towards the front. I proceeded with the sketch - added their names and the word 'Happy 13th Anniversary'. 

Later my client sent me some photos of the beach near where they lived and I was able to use those as reference for the background.

Ta-dahhhh!!!! The finished artwork!

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Customise Portraits

This is option is for those who adore my existing artworks, and wish to customise just the background colour and the clothes/ hairstyles of the couple - it does not allow the change of the characters' posture or physique in the artwork. If you’d like them to be taller/ shorter or chubbier/ skinnier, additional fee applies.

For this assignment, my client had chosen this particular piece from the collection.

She sent me some photos for reference and the names/ date to be added.

The theme of her wedding was stars + gold + blue, so I offered a few blue tone variations to her.

Here's the final artwork she chose!

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Exclusive Portraits

This option is best for those who wish to have a portrait fully customised to your story!

Scenario 1:

For this assignment, my client wanted an illustration of a childhood memory she had with her late dad. She sent me some photos along with these keywords to work around - ferris wheel, motorbike, badminton and/or rambutans. I gathered more details from her eg. model of the motorbike, type of house, etc.

For exclusive orders, I typically create a few ideas for my client - usually 3, sometimes more but it really depends on individual cases (see Scenario 2 below). With her requests in mind, I came out with the following ideas/ sketches for her.

My client liked the 4th idea most. I proceeded to work on the actual illustration and added in the details.

After showing her the finished artwork, she requested to have - 1) one of the elements in the background removed to simplify the art piece, 2) a minimal change to the characters' hairstyles, 3) Car plate number to be added.

Final stage - Colour variations.

So here you go! This was how the final piece looked.

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Scenario 2:

For this assignment, my client shared that she’d be moving to another country for several years with her husband and wanted me to create a portrait of her family which includes their 3 adorable doxies! By the way, this was her 4th commission portrait from me (I’m so honoured!) so she's very familiar with my working style. Her idea was to have a globe showing the continent of North America and Asia with one of them holding the USA flag and the other a South Korea flag each. She was unsure about the scenery but thought the view/ placement of the characters in the 1st portrait I did for her was nice. I suggested blending the 'map' into the sky to soften the mood rather than having a round globe. I also suggested a pier scenery (where they did their wedding shoot) while keeping the position/ postures of the characters as she wanted. Additionally, I thought a sunrise setting would be a nice symbolism to their new beginning/ adventure. She loved the ideas and so I proceeded with the sketch.

My client loved the artwork and required no amendment, so I proceeded with the colour variations. She wanted her husband to be wearing a blue tee and her pink.

She loved the first colour. Again, no changed needed so here's the final piece she'd chosen!

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I hope you have a better understanding of how I work now. So if you're ready to order your portrait, go to my Order A Portrait page!