Personal Portrait Oil Painting from Photos. It is what we do!

Custom Portrait Painting of People, Family & Friends.

Portraiture in oil is one of the earliest forms of oil painting because drawing and painting the human body was and is one of the primary studies at art academies and art schools worldwide. Even after the advent of photography over two hundred years ago, artists still learned how to paint anatomy and portraits. This was to develop their visual memory and create life-like compositions. Many artists, even those who specialized in landscapes or seascapes, painted portraits. Portraiture has always existed and is recognized by painters as the most challenging subject to paint. Because besides wanting to make the painting look like a person, they also tried to show the sitter's character.

An Oil Portrait, the ultimate selfie!

Having a portrait painted is usually a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Photographs do not last. They will fade in 15 to 30 years, but a portrait oil painting can last centuries, whereas a photo would have turned into dust. An art fact, depending on the thickness of the paint, an oil painting can feel dry on the surface but can take months or even years to completely dry. There are paintings in the Louvre Museum that are still drying, keeping them fresh and looking like new.

Why do we use photos to paint portraits in oil on canvas?

The simple answer is that people do not have time to sit in a chair for a week while we paint them. The camera is unforgiving. A portrait artist without proper training will use the photo and duplicate whatever they see in the photo. So, instead of painting a portrait in oil full of character, they paint an oil portrait with no soul. At The World's Artist, we add the missing component, the soul, the essence of fine art portraiture, to the photo you send us. Portraiture will capture the likeness and spirit of a person forever. That is what we do! This is where the difference between a good artist and a talented portrait artist comes into play.

By commissioning a uniquely personal portrait painting from a photo, we turn photos into art. We additionally do political, administrative, military, legal, physicians, executives, and even selfie photo portrait painting. Anyone with a camera or smartphone can now have photographs made into hand-painted portrait oil paintings on canvas. An oil portrait goes far beyond a photograph, there is a color, texture, and history that cannot be duplicated.

Need a one-of-a-kind present for a friend or loved one with a pet? Look at our Pet Portraits for ideas. If you have an auto, yacht, or home and, want a stand-out, one-of-a-kind work of art, look at our House Portraits.

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Will I be able to see my Oil Portrait before completion?

Yes, you will. When it is 85% complete, we will take a photo of your portrait painting and send it to you for approval. If needed, you can recommend any minor changes. After we have made corrections, we send another email picture for review. We likewise review the oil painting to ensure everything is good to go.

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Picking the Best Photograph for your Portrait.

While picking your photograph, be happy with your pose, be natural, and do not stage it. If you are looking forward, we can not make you look left. An unexpected photo can occasionally be great. Consider your environment, and particularly what is behind your subject. We can add more people to create a group painting. We can remove furniture and so on from the background. We can even put you in a famous oil painting reproduction.

Cannot choose which picture will make the most appealing personal portrait painting. Take a few photos, and find the best ones to e-mail us. A portrait artist will look over them and suggest the most suitable one. Features like your eyes and hair are critical to better seeing your personality and likeness in the oil portrait created from your photo. Strive for even shadows throughout, no harsh lighting, no direct sunlight. If you are outside in bright sunlight, use your flash, it makes a difference.

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Order your Portrait Oil Painting Today!.

Portraits take 3 to 4 weeks to complete.

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Decide how many figures are in your painting. The more figures, the bigger the canvas should be.

The photo might be a full body pose, but if you want a half body pose, advise us in the special instructions.

If you want something changed in the photo, tell us in the special instructions.

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Our Last Word: How do we Paint a Portrait?

All custom people portraits from photographs we do are hand-painted by expert artisans. We draw it on the canvas, and then we paint it usings brushes, a palette, a Mahl stick, and the finest oil paints. See our portrait painters at work in our studio.

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For More Information on Painting and Other Interesting Stuff.

We have over 600+ famous artists represented on our website with over 40,000+ oil paintings, and for more insight about each renowned artist, we have the artist's biography and what art movement they are associated with. These two sections allow you to order paintings, and if you want to narrow it down, you can choose by artists, colors, or subject matter. What is the right size painting for your home? You can get an idea by looking at the art canvas sizes. You can also ask for a wall art mock-up photo of your favorite oil painting reproduction in your home decor. Having ordered and received your art, we provide helpful advice on oil painting care.

We have taken some of the most famous paintings and searched for the exact location that inspired the artist to paint them. See the side-by-side comparisons plus the unique tilt-shift photos in the Then and Now plus Tilt-Shift.