All About Custom Portraits

So you're thinking of having a custom portrait of your loved one done? Or looking for a unique gift? Getting a custom portrait done is such a special way to solidify memories and have something to pass down through generations. 

In this blog I'll explain my process and structure around how I go about completing custom portraits, and making sure I create something you'll love, and cherish forever.

The materials I use are coloured pencils, and all up I have around 346 different colours to choose from over a range of brands like Faber Castell, Caran d'Ache and Prismacolor. I also use a putty eraser (we all make mistakes!) and various sharpeners during the process. 

The Process:

Once I've received the order from you, my valued customer, I contact you via email and we go over what you'd like drawn, what way you'd like the paper, how many people you'd like included, and if you've chosen for it to be professionally framed, which colour wood to get. From here you can choose to have regular updates, but I find most people like to keep it a secret on reveal. 

From there I lay down the first initial pencil sketch, making sure all the people or pets are drawn out to correct proportions, and then start layering up the colour. 

This process is the most time consuming, and can take me anywhere from 10 to 60 hours to finish. Many colours go into a portrait, for example, for the skin tones I can use pinks, oranges, browns, yellow to blue, maroon and grey. It's so satisfying to watch a portrait build up and take shape, and I take immense pride in the work that I do. 

Once done, I sign my name, and then let you know the portrait is complete and either drop off to framers for them to finish ready to hang, or post the portrait with a backing board and plastic sleeve for protection using Australia Post. 

If you have any questions regarding a portrait piece please don't hesitate to email me at info@aleeshabarton.com.au

I've had so much fun creating lovely keepsakes for your walls and I look forward to drawing your loved one soon.