What is the most romantic thing you can do? Start a portrait painting business – that’s what! You will become attached to your sitter, have fun painting, and fall in affection with the portrait you painted. After all, the picture will be your “baby,” and you won’t want to release it. When you have washed your first portrait, you will perceive what I mean.
Individuals love to have their portrait painted, and you can make a substantial pay with your choice paintings.
What amount of cash can you make? A decent, as yet obscure portrait artist, can hope to be paid anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 for a head and shoulders portrait. At this rate, only 6 to 7 pictures can earn you a living. On the off chance that you end up known as a painter, you will have the capacity to twofold and triple that pay.
Portrait painting takes determination and aptitude. Be that as it may, it is also fantastic fun. On the off chance that you want to start a portrait painting business, however, feel you require additional training or education, consider taking classes at a local art school. Most give evening classes as well as day classes.
You can get a hop your training by taking private classes or small gathering classes. Many portrait teachers or advanced understudies hold individual courses you can join. Regularly teachers hold “painting vacations” in the mid-year where you can get top to bottom training.
It also thinks about crafted by master portrait painters. Visit museums as regularly as conceivable. Study portraits by Rembrandt and Murillo as well as those by Sir Thomas Lawrence, Alfred Stevens, André Derain, Gilbert Stuart, and John Singer Sargent.
Here are a few hints to enable you to start a portrait painting business:
1) Painting portraits are all about observing. Concentrate individuals’ faces in all sorts of lighting. Attempt to see the large planes in faces – not the details.
2) Keep venturing back as you paint with a specific end goal to watch the sitter and your canvas from a distance. You ought to have the capacity to venture back about eight feet unreservedly.
3) Paint freely with large brushes called “flats.”
4) Light your sitter with just a single light source from a 150-watt knob. The light should fall on one side of the sitter, marginally above the head.
5) Take a couple of dozen Polaroid photos of the sitter so you can think about them when the sitter isn’t there.
6) Keep the background basic so as not to distract from the sitter’s face.
7) The sitter ought to sit with his or her body swung marginally to the side and his or her head facing you. The eyes ought to be on a level with yours.
8) Schedule four to five sittings with the sitter.
9) Use a conditioned canvas. A medium earth tone or a medium gray-blue is fantastic. It helps integrate the painting.
10) The easiest way to check extents is to flip around the portrait. You will see immediately if the features are correct. Turn it right side up and make redresses.
11) There are specific standard sizes for portraits. Here are three of the most popular canvas sizes:
20″ x 24″ for a head and shoulders portrait
25″ x 30″ for a head, shoulders, and hands portrait
30″ x 30″ for a portrait that takes in the head, shoulders, and hands and goes nearly to the waist
When you are ready to “open up to the world,” the time has come to make cash from your portrait painting business. The Internet is a cheap and viable way to get great advertising. Set up a Web webpage and incorporate photos of your portraits on the landing page and following pages.
Have a couple of hundred shading pamphlets printed. Incorporate a variety of portraits from babies and kids to teenagers, and from moderately aged to mature individuals. Incorporate a pet, where conceivable as paintings of pets are a significant draw.
Also, outline business cards with a small picture of one of your portraits. Send your handout and business card with an introductory letter to embassies.
Here are a couple of other marketing ideas:
* Send out an official statement with a photo of one of your portraits.
* Auction off a portrait session as a prize for a prominent charity occasion and have the local newspapers cover it.
* Teach an adult education class about portrait painting.
* Finally, on the off chance that you can afford it, place a small ad in an upscale magazine.
Be prepared to travel. Your customers will be located around the world. Some may want you to paint from a photograph as it were. Others will wish to you on location. The customer pays for your travel and on location costs.