Procedures and Fees

A meeting with the artist takes place before any work on a painted portrait or any other painting begins.  This meeting is conducted to establish client’s intent and discuss all aspects of the painting – general composition, initial ideas, mood, clothing (for portraits), size, price, contractual details, etc.

Upon establishing artistic and business understanding it is documented in an agreement. A 50% non-refundable deposit is to be made at the signing of the agreement.  After that Mr. Chernikov begins collecting reference material. For portrait paintings the subject is photographed, various poses and lighting modes are explored.  The images will be reviewed by the artist together with the client to find an agreeable composition and pose.  If necessary, a composite compositional sketch is done to sum up expressed ideas and make a final presentation to the client.  Upon approval of the sketch, a color study is usually made for the artist’s reference to ensure the accuracy of the skin tones.

Mr. Chernikov then returns to his studio and works on the painting using the reference materials he has compiled.

Upon completion of the portrait or painting it is shipped or delivered to the client.  After the unveiling of the portrait or painting, the remainder of the balance is due in full.

It usually takes 4 to 8 weeks to complete a portrait of one person.

Portrait prices depend on size and complexity.  All subjects are painted approximately life-size. Each additional figure on the same canvas increases the complexity of the painting.  All travel, lodging, framing and shipping expenses are paid for by the client.

Contact Mr. Chernikov for current portrait fees.

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