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Finding the perfect reference photo

To create the artwork, I need one or more digital reference photos in the best possible resolution so I can zoom in to see all the details, especially the eyes and for animals the direction of the fur.

The better the quality of photographs, the better the painting will be.

  • Photos should be in focus at a high resolution. When zoomed in its ideal that I should be able to see individual hairs or details in the eyes.

  • Photos should be taken in natural lighting. Avoid using the flash or artificial lighting and taking photos where shadows may be cast on the subject. If it is a sunny day, avoid having the sun behind your subject. Bright but overcast days are ideal.

  • Photos should be taken at eye level with your subject, around a body length away from them. If the photo is too close this can warp their features which does not always translate well into a portrait. Also make sure you try and include the whole head/chest/body of your subject. I can always crop down the photo if need be.

  • Most importantly! Capture that expression that you love, the personality that you want to see in the artwork. The eyes are the windows to the soul so make sure they are clearly visible.

If you are unsure about the quality of your photos don't worry, please feel free to send as many as you like in their original file size and format. I will always review and discuss your photos with you when ordering a commission. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any more help, or if you wish to ask any questions. Feel free to send me as many photos as you like, with no obligation at all - my advice is always free. 

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Here are some good examples
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