In this Portrait Studio Organisation – Oils & Canvas I will be featuring my Oil Paints & Canvas organisation with an Oil Paint demonstration from a movie commission. Over the past 16 years I have worked as an online commission artist. In that time I have created many commissions both in Australia and Overseas. Most of my commission requests are for Oil Paintings but I also get requests for commissions in charcoal drawing, pencil drawing – graphite and colour, pastel drawing paintings. Visit to view some of my artwork in
- Oil Painting Commissioned Art
- Pastel Painting Drawing Commissioned Art
- Charcoal Drawing Commissioned Art
- Pencil Drawing Commissioned Art
Summary of Portrait Artists Studio – Oil Paints & Canvas in Portrait Commission
- Oils & Canvas Commission Example in Steps.
- Set up of oil paint workstation,organisation storage ideas in studio.
- Canvas and Oil Brushes I use.
- Oil Paints brands I use
- Painting Commission finishes I apply
- Packaging and Postage
- Commission Process
Oils on Canvas Commission Steps – Portrait Artist Cynthia Hargraves
Step 1 The Photo Reference. This needs to be of high quality and high resolution.
As the photo is the only contact I have with the subject this photo needs to fully express the character of the subject. In the past I have had photos sent to me that the client knew were the subject but was unhappy when it did not capture the true character. The artist can only go by what the client sends in the form of photos. In this commission the request was for the portrait to portray a fresh innocence in the subject. It was decided an impressionistic style would be preferred.
Step 2 The undercoat was applied and the Client wanted the plant in those Colours
Once the undercoat is completed a photo email update is sent in order to get feed back to find out whether colour adjustments needed to be made.
Step 3 More coats of paint and close up of face
The expression of the portrait is everything. A lot of work goes into this once the measurements and corrections have been made. It takes many layers of glazing the surface of the face to get it to the final stage.
Step 4 The Completed Painting
The Client was happy with the painting. Completed painting reached the standard she was wanting in the fresh innocence of the subject.
Portrait Studio Organisation of Oils & Canvas
Canvas & Oil Brushes organisation used in Portrait Artists Studio
To create my commissioned portraits I use Fredrix Rolls of canvas and cut them to suit the required size of the commission. They come in different grades. Children’s Portraits are best suited to fine grade.
Creating the portraits on unstretched canvas makes it easiest for shipping. I always allow plenty of extra canvas for the framer to stretch around the rack later.
Brushes used for Oil Paints. I have a variety of brushes some I no longer use and some I don’t throw out in case they will ever come in handy. My favourite brand I use for my commissioned oil painting portraits are the
Silver Renaissance 7110 SABLE CATS TONGUE from Germany (purchased from Jerrysartarama)
Commissioned Painting Finishes Application
The only finish I put on my completed painting when it is dry is the Art Spectrum Gloss Varnish which used to be called Paraloid. I usually place 2 coats of this oily protective varnish on the painting. Once it is dry I then Post the painting off.
Packaging and Postage
I send my painting through Australia Post by registered mail. Do not be tricked into using Express Post. Australia Post is very happy for you to pay the extra for this service but unless you live in the metropolitan area you will not get your painting any quicker than standard mail. I use large Postal Tubes to send my work. A sheet of Glassine is also used to protect surface.