Choosing a photo
I work from client's photographs as I find this is the most practical way of capturing the image of a young child - I know from experience how impossible it can be for them to sit still! Of course this makes the choice of photo pretty important to get a good result!
The main thing is that it is a photo which you (or the recipient) loves and which you feel really reflects the baby in question. Don't worry if there's mess in the background or dribble on their face - one of the great things about this process is I can just pick out the details which add to the portrait and ignore the rest! If you want to use an image including more than one child or a parent and child that's great too!
Please bear in mind I will need a good quality photo (at least 2.5MB) with a reasonably close up view of the face (or body if it's a full body portrait) in order to carry out the work and, if possible, five or six additional photos from different angles and expressions to help me get a better understanding of your baby's features, expression and character.
Blonde Baby Girl
Cute Animal Hat
Lesbian Couple with Baby
Already know which photo you love? Send me that baby face and let's get started! Not sure yet? Maybe this Q&A will help...
Anything you like! In my opinion it's best to go with whatever best conveys the character of the subject, and in particular with babies and small children I think the livelier the better (I love a cheeky expression)! Of course it depends on who the drawing is for as well, you may feel that the person would prefer a more sedate, posed expression and this can look lovely as well and gives me a chance to really draw out their delicate features.
What kind of pose or expression should I choose?
Absolutely! If you send me the pictures you are deciding between and some info on who it's for I am more than happy to have a look through and let you know which I think would work best both in terms of quality and being suitable for the ultimate owner of the drawing. Of course it's up to you in the end!
I can't decide - can you help me?
It depends very much on the quality and condition of the photo and I would need to use the physical copy (i.e. not a photo of a photo) which would of course be returned to you. Please do get in touch if this is what you are interested in and I will see what I can do!
Can you do drawings from old style photos (i.e. not digital)?
As you can appreciate, I wouldn't want to create anything which is not of the high standard which my clients expect. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a finished drawing and a lot of patience on the part of the client and the last thing I would want to do is to leave you feeling disappointed after waiting several weeks for your piece of art. That's the reason I ask for a high quality photo but I can understand if you have a particular attachment to one image. If that's the case I may be able to work from a number of supplementary images in addition so as to inform the final work, but with this approach there is a risk that the end result looks slightly different to how you expect. This would of course involve more work than normal so if this is of interest please let me know and I can provide a bespoke quote.
I have a photo I love but the quality is not great, is there anything you can do to turn it into a portrait?
Totally! I love a challenge and am very happy to try something different if I think it will work - drop me a line and I'd be very happy to chat about it.
I have quite a weird idea - is that okay?