Friday, November 29, 2013

Charcoal Portraits | Commission Charcoal Portraits

My "gift" of Dyslexia paid for graduate studies in Sweden and two trips around the world. I still paint and draw, but my art was put on hold when I started my teaching career. I draw with my students to demonstrate even someone with innate ability also needs to practice and study constantly. I am working on new drawings and illustrations for my reading game The Legendary Lands. I take one or two portrait commissions a year usually from family or do free work for charities. My charcoal portraits are in the style of old-world masters using the Grisaille method. The charcoal "pastel" portraits are an archival work of fine art, in the style of the
renaissance masters. The portrait process is labor of love for me, a truly ZEN working process to produce a work of fine art, it takes time and patience, people are not interested in commissioning fine art portraits in modern days with the time and expense involved, yet I love the rich look and aesthetic of traditional art! Please contact Me for more information on portrait commissions at seansart@ hotmail.com



Quality fine arts portraits take a month to complete, the processes includes the collaboration of the person commissioning the work and the artist. The processes starts with many preliminary drawings or a visit to a fine arts portrait photographer if commissioning from outside my area. Finding a perfect aesthetic that captures the essence of the person and that is more than a drawing capturing the likeness, we are capturing the inner beauty and soul of the subject.

Portraits are priced based on working with high-quality pictures from a professional portrait photographer and or portrait sittings when possible. The price includes preliminary composition studies and ongoing consultation to create a master work of art. The traditional Grisaille method is used to create the old world aesthetic. (gray scale under painting with glazing)




Only the finest portrait linen in the world is used to produce the oil, pastel, and charcoal "pastel" portraits.



Working Procedure |To produces the best images from which to work to create the Portrait, a sitting is conducted,  the subject is photographed under a variety of lighting conditions and in different poses. Sean then does a series of oil sketches, color studies and or drawings from life. In addition, background subject maters is discussed also additions of pets or toys to benefit the composition. From these materials, Sean then chooses several of the best portrait concepts and confers with the client to select the final pose. A sample small portrait is painted to give client final say on full-size portrait.


Initial Charcoal Study 
Final background and pose are confirmed and the final portrait is started and in phase the client is given photo updates to confirm happiness with portrait. There is a final sitting for details and changes to be sure of clients happiness. The terms for the Portrait are 50% on ordering and the remaining  50% on delivery. Client satisfaction is important from start to finish.
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Charcoal Pastel Portrait 

Game Illustration for The Legendary Lands 




About the Artist

Sean David Taylor is a part-time portrait artist, Illustrator, and summer art teacher. Sean lives in Tucson Arizona, and spends time in Uppsala Sweden, and Paris France in the summer whenever possible, Sean has been painting since 1989. Sean's portraits and paintings hang in public and private collections in the US, Europe and Asia. Sean has had international shows in Stockholm and England. Sean's one man show in Sweden was held at Uppsala Universitet the home of the Nobel Prizes in Science, Literature, and Medicine.  His ability to capture the likeness and personality of his subjects have made his work popular and in demand around the world.


Sean David Taylor studied fine arts at the Musee de Louver Paris, Uppsala Universitet in Sweden, and the Hermitage in St Petersburg Russia. Sean has worked in the book illustration field, and has taught art classes in Europe and the US.  



Sean enjoys challenging portrait commissions, as well as doing reproductions of masters works. Sean, while in Sweden  completed a series of reproductions of Renoir's paintings  from works in the Louver Paris, Hermitage St Petersburg, and the Musee D' Orsay Paris.  Sean has been reproducing impressionist paintings for clients in Europe and the US with the emphasis on the Impressionist collections during the 1900s. Sean favorite  museums for study include the museums above yet Sean has a special place in his heart for the "Musee D' Orsay" in Paris. 




Only the finest portrait linen in the world is used to produce the oil, pastel, and charcoal portraits.


Working Procedure
To produces the best images from which to work to create the Portrait, a sitting is conducted,  the subject is photographed under a variety of lighting conditions and in different poses. Sean then does a series of oil sketches, color studies and drawings from life. In addition, background subject maters is discussed also additions of pets or toys to benefit the composition. From these materials, Sean then chooses several of the best portrait concepts and confers with the client to select the final pose. A sample small portrait is painted to give client final say on full size portrait. Final background and pose are conformed and portrait is started and in phase the client is given photo updates to confirm happiness with portrait. There is a final sitting for details and changes to be sure of clients happiness.

The terms for the Portrait are 50% on ordering and the remaining  50% on delivery. Client satisfaction is important from start to finish.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic drawings, and an impressive blog!

    Thank you, Mr. Sean Taylor! Your blog serves as an inspiration to our family. We have not faced the challenges you have, but you show us the way!

    Radha Krishnan

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Thank you!