10 Tips For a Successful Portrait Painting From a Photo

1. It’s important to choose a photo that you love. If it is a photo you are “emotionally” connected with, it will make a great painting. Keep in mind: The better the photo the better the painting. Shadowy photos make excellent paintings as well.

2. Find an artist by Googling phrases like: “photo-painting”, “Photo to Painting” or “Custom Photos to Portraits”. Look at several pages and sites noting the quality, cost and procedures of the artist.

3. Pick an artist whose work you appreciate and who draws you emotionally into their work. Do they express personality in their paintings? Check out their “gallery” online. When you choose an artist let them know the type of their paintings you are drawn to and what you like about them so they gain a deeper insight into your particular artistic tastes and styles. They can incorporate your artistic flare into your painting.

4. Request a quote, giving them as much information you can about what you want painted from your photo. This request should be FREE of charge.

5. Ask if adjustments and changes can be made to the photo without charge. Perhaps background changes, deleting unwanted items or people, changing color…etc.

6. Determine what kind of portrait style you are looking for: realistic or impressionistic. It helps to give the painter examples of the “look” you are hoping to incorporate in your painting. Be thinking about background styles as well.

7. What kind of art medium does the artist use? Acrylic, Oils or Pastels. Keep in mind that “pastels” do not mean that your painting will be necessary “light in color or lacking vibrancy”. Pastels contain the exact same pigment as any other paint but the binder is different. Pastels are a great choice if you are looking for lasting quality.

8. If the artist is using a photo as a reference, it is helpful to fill them in on the personality of the person they will be painting, such as: hobbies, likes & dislikes, etc.

9. Make sure you understand the procedure and total cost for the painting. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about any “hidden costs”.

10. When you view the finished painting, understand that adjustments can be made and most artists are anxious to please you.