PENCIL PORTRAIT DRAWING – LIFESTYLE SETTING
As mentioned when commissioning a lifestyle pencil portrait drawing, you need to capture that one look or setting that evokes happy memories and gives you a warm feeling. When I undertake any pencil portrait I work to an extremely high level of detail, creating a photorealistic finish to the artwork.
In order to get a photo realistic finish to the pencil portrait, the photographic reference needs to be extremely clear. With all my pencil portrait drawings I do I prefer 2-3 photos of the subject themselves, just so I can capture the exact bone structure and facial details. Having photos from different angles and in different light will help me achieve the perfect balance. With lifestyle pencil portraits capturing that one shot can more often than not be duplicated in various angles, so the additional photos can be in any setting, these will just help me get a more global viewpoint on the subject to be drawn.
For your lifestyle pencil portrait, you may want me to combine two photos to create the perfect memory for you. For instance a photo of someone dressed in the finery, but you may want them to be set within a backdrop of a beach scene, this is fine. I quite often have to combine two photos to create the perfect pencil portrait drawing.
You may have questions about the quality of your photos, and whether they are good enough to use as reference for your lifestyle pencil portrait. Not a problem, get in touch with me and if you can email them over I can discuss this with you. The rule of thumb in this matter is, if the photo is extremely crisp and has a sharp focus, then generally it will be good enough for me to use. When I work on all my pencil portraits I blow the reference up to 300% on my iPad so the reference needs clarity and be shot in good light. For more help on this please view my photo guide, it may be of use.
Your pencil portrait in a lifestyle setting can be created in black and white or full colour depending on your preference. It can also be done to whatever size you would like, from A5 all the way up to A2, please see my prices/ordering page for further details.