Having a Custom Artwork is very personal to both the Client and the Artist, especially if it is of something that is very dear to one's heart.
With every Artwork I create, I strive to represent my client's images in the most detail that I can, whilst adding my own personal style and touches to it, to in turn create a piece they can display and cherish forever.
Every piece is an ORIGINAL as it is hand drawn from an original photo (supplied by the client), then ink is added to create the details before it is then painted with high quality Watercolour Paints, Acrylics and or Pastels.
I have taken photos of the steps each Artwork goes through below, to give you a better understanding of how I work. :)
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1. Receive a Photo from the Client
To create a Custom Painting I need to receive a high quality, colour digital JPEG image from my Client.
This photo can be taken by either their Professional Wedding Photographer, or by the Client, however, it must be good quality and high resolution, so I can enlarge and zoom in on it to see the details properly.
2. I then do a Rough Pencil Sketch
I start by getting a piece of my lovely textured, 300gsm, Professional Watercolour Paper which is 12x16 inches in size :)
Then using the Client's image as a reference, I create a rough pencil sketch of the bouquet, outlining the important features and shapes of the flowers and foliage.
2a - Rough Pencil Sketches of several Bouquets
I don't always work on just one bouquet painting at a time... I can have up to 5 going at once and work on them all at different times and stages :)
3. The details are Added in Ink
After the pencil sketch is complete, I then add the details, contours and shaded areas to the bouquet in High Quality, Waterproof Black Ink.
Once again using the Client's Image as a reference.
3a. Close up of Ink Work and Details.
As you can see, the pencil lines are still visible in some places, but this isn't a problem as the paint will cover them :)
4. Finally the Painting can begin :)
This is my favourite part... Adding the Colour to my work :)
I use High Quality, Professional Watercolour paints to get the desired affect I'm looking for.
5. The Foliage is the first to be Painted
As the Foliage is usually in the background of a bouquet and creates shadows and depth to the piece, I always start by painting it in first.
Several layers of colour are added, until I get the look I'm after.
6. The Light Features of the Flowers are Added
As watercolour paint is allot different to oils or acrylics, I need to add the lighter colours to the piece first.
I do this by working out what colours are the highlights in the flowers, then paint them on, with the view of adding the depth and details in the darker layers/colours.
7. The Smaller Flowers are painted
With my style of working on a piece, I find myself always leaving the larger items until last.
This means that I make sure all of the smaller flowers are finished before I even begin to think about starting on the larger ones.
It's just something I like to do :)
8. The Smaller Flowers are all done
After I finish painting the smaller flowers and other details, I can then begin on starting to add some details and shadows to the larger flowers in the bouquet.
We are on the home stretch now, and by this stage the painting is nearly finished...
9. The Final details are added and the piece is finished :)
And finally I paint in the final flowers in and touch up the little details throughout the piece until I'm happy with it and call it FINISHED :)
10. The Finished Pieced, framed and on the wall...
This is my favourite part of the whole process.. to see the finished artwork, framed and hanging on a wall really makes my heart sing.
It's great to see hours and hours of work, come together for one single goal - to create an original painting that means so much to someone. :)