Traditionally, painters have made their bread and butter by finding rich patrons who want to be immortalized, and usually beautified. No such wealthy patron has approached me yet. I wonder why? Could it be that instead of lowering a hairline or diminishing a schnoz, I tend to go the other way?
I've been surprised at the number of people who have wanted to step into my art. It takes a lot of courage. There could be clumsy robots, surly neighbors, even arrows being fired. Worst of all, stepping through that frame magnifies one's . . . shall we say unique attributes?
The fun part of this, for myself and my clients, is coming up with the idea and honing it through sketches. Generally, as in the example below, I'll incorporate part of what makes them tick, to make a portrait of them, not just their appearance.
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