How I Work / Photo Requirements
I work the traditional way, with a 4x6 print photo in my left hand, which I glance at for reference, as I draw with my right. Typically, I use a resized 4x6 of the subject area of the original working photo, and sometimes I also zoom in on specific areas where I need to see larger detail, and then resize those views to a comfortable 4x6 print, as well. So I might end up using several 4x6 variations of the same original for reference while I work.
Therefore, I will need a high resolution photo to begin with to use for reference. Typically, this will be a 1 mb or higher .jpg/.jpeg image, the higher the better,
taken with a full size digital camera, rather than a phone camera. In most cases, I cannot work from a phone camera photo, not even an iPhone. A 4 megapixel & up, full size digital camera is normally sufficient.
The subject will need to be depicted large enough in the photo to see detail clearly and will need to include all portions of the subject to be included in the portrait (i.e., all ears, etc.).
The photo will also need to be in focus. Photos taken at eye level with the subject are highly recommended.
Since I will need the original file size, uncropped and unedited photo, please do not downsize your photo as might be prompted by your e-mail program when sending it.
If you are unsure about your photo as it pertains to this criteria, I will likely request that you proceed with e-mailing it, so that I can instruct you further on what is needed, in order to arrive at the best working photo possible.
I will need written consent to use professional photographers' photos for reference. Since I publish the reference photos I use, you can assure your photographer that he/she will get proper name credit for their photograph on my website, as it is supplied to me, if desired.