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

Custom Portrait Painting of People, Family & Friends.

Portraiture is one of the earliest forms of painting, because drawing and painting the human body was, and still is one of the main studies at the art academies and art schools. Even after photography was invented two hundred years ago, the artists still learned how to paint the anatomy, this was done to develop their visual memory and they applied their skills to create life-like compositions. Many artists, even ones specializing in landscapes or seascapes, still painted a few portraits. Since the beginning of art, portraiture has existed and has always been recognized by painters as the most challenging subject to paint. Because the artist, besides wanting to make the painting look like the person, also tried to show the sitters character.

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

Simple answer is, people dont have time to sit in a chair for a week while we paint you. The camera is unforgiving, a portrait artists without proper training, will use the photo and duplicate whatever they see on the photo, so, instead of painting a full of character portrait in oil, they paint a portrait with no soul. At The World's Artist, we improve on the photo you send us with the missing component, the Soul, the true essence of fine art portraiture. This is where the distinction between a good painter and a great artiste comes in to play. A portraiture will capture the likeness and spirit of a person, forever, that is what we do!

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

We can turn photos into fine art. We additionally do political, administrative, military, legal, physicians, executives, even selfie photo portrait painting. Anyone with a camera or smartphone can now have photographs made into a hand-painted portrait oil painting on canvas. Need a one of a kind present for a companion or relative with a pet? Look at out our Pet Portraits for ideas. If you have an auto, yacht or a home and, want a stand-out one of a kind work of art, look at our House Portraits.

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Will I see my Portrait before it's finished?

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 any corrections, we send another email picture for review. We likewise review the painting, to ensure everything is good to go.

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Picking the Best Photograph for your Portrait.

Since having a portrait painted is usually a once in a lifetime experience and remember that photographs don't last, they will fade in 10 to 30 years, but a Portrait Oil Painting can last centuries. In fact, an oil painting can dry on the surface in a couple of months depending on the thickness of the paint, but underneath can be months even years to completely dry, there are paintings in the Louvre that are still drying, and that is what keeps them fresh and looking like new, were a photo would have turned into dust. While picking your photograph, be happy with your pose, be natural, don't stage it. In the event that you are looking forward, we can't make you look left. An unexpected shot can once in a while 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.

Can't choose which picture will make the best personal portrait painting from your photographs, take a couple shots and find the best ones to send to us. We will have a portrait artist look over them and make a suggestion. Sharp features, particularly the eyes and hair, the better to see your personality and likeness in the oil portrait from your photo. Strive for even shadows throughout, no harsh lighting, no direct sunlight. In the event that you are outside in sunlight, use your flash, it makes a difference.

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Order your Portrait Oil Painting.

Portraits take 3 to 4 weeks to complete.

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Our Last Word, How we Paint a Portrait.

All custom people portrait from photographs we do are hand-painted, by expert artisans. We draw it on the canvas and afterward we paint, using brushes, palette, mahl stick, and fine oil paints, see our portrait painters at work in our studio.

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For More Knowledge on Painting and Other Interesting Stuff.

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

We have taken some of the most famous paintings and searched for the exact location where they inspired the artist to paint them, you can see the side by side comparisons plus the special tilt-shift photos in the Then and Now plus Tilt-Shift.