THE REPRODUCTION PROCESS – THE DIFFERENT STAGES
(This is painting process is applied to the regular canvas art as well - not just famous reproductions.)
STAGE 1: the sketch
It is very important to stick to the original procedure of the real painter. We try to reproduce the painting in a way that is identical to what the master himself would have done. First we sketch the contours before we start painting. Here we often use a diamond pattern or other specialised tools to ensure that the dimensions and distances of the reproductions are accurate. Over these contours that make up the painting's basis the different layers of paint are applied later.
STAGE 2: the first layer of paint
Now the first layer of paint is applied roughly. The contrast between the final result and the current stage of the painting is very large.
STAGE 3: the main outlines
Slowly the picture is becoming clear, you can see the progression. After each new layer the painter has to wait until the paint is nearly dry before he can continue.
STAGE 4: applying the details
The final result is becoming clearly visible. The master painter who is supervising the artist will now evaluate the painting professionally, possibly steering the painter and providing advice.
STAGE 5: final inspection
Once the finishing touch has been applied and the quality inspection by the master painter carried out, the work is finished. Your masterpiece is ready!
HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A REPRODUCTION?
Approximately 21-28 day turnaround.(Painting needs to be painted by the artist, dried, framed, packed and delivered!) It depends on the size, style and complexity (for instance whether it has many people depicted on it) of the painting.
CAN I KEEP UP WITH THE PAINTING PROCESS?
Yes, simply email us and we will give you a report.
DO WE MAKE THE WORK LOOK OLD?
Every painting needs a different approach. We do not apply an imitation crackle effect. Apart from it being too much of an effort it could give the impression as if we are working on forgeries. Neither the canvas stretcher, canvas nor frame are made to look old. We want to be continuously on our guard to make sure we are not producing skilled forgeries.
DO WE FORGE THE MASTER’S SIGNATURE ON THE WORK OF ART?
No. Your copy will be identical to the original apart from two main aspects. It will not have a forged signature of the original master. Although beautiful and true to the original, our works cannot and may not be forgeries! In addition, the size of the work must always differ slightly from the original. Although you probably have your own preferences with respect to size, approximately 1 inch will be added should you require a painting in the original size.
All our portraits are hand painted by professional artists with at least 10 years of professional experience. Our portraits are painted using the highest quality oil paints on durable artist canvases.
Below is an example of a wedding portrait step by step.
Remember: We need only a 20% deposit to start; when finished we will send you images like you see below to check and confirm for yourself. If you are not 100% happy we amend the portrait until it is exactly how you like it.
1) First Sketch
2) The Filler and Priming
3) Texture and Details
4) The Fine Details
Pet Portraits are painted with the same care and detail...