In our "million products and services" world it might be hard sometimes to pick a company you can trust. Especially if you know little to nothing about the product particularities.
Deciding where to get the portrait from isn’t that straightforward either.
The good news: we are an art pro and we are ready to help!
Outlined below are some of the options available to you:
Ordering from Outside the Country
Online shopping and payment options give you the freedom to select a vendor and product, that matches your requirements, from anywhere in the world. Countries like China offer just about any product you might need at a considerably cheaper price as compared to the vendors in the USA. Same goes for portraits.
But this convenience comes with several strings attached. The portrait you order will definitely be cheaper, but there will be no guarantee of its quality and timely delivery. There will be no way to ascertain if the portrait is hand painted or not and whether the artist is qualified enough to be trusted with it.
Also, most likely, the portrait will be rolled up prior to delivery. This will incur extra costs and hassle to get it straightened out and framed. Another issue is that most such vendors may not offer fully custom ones.
If the price is the most important aspect for you right now, you can easily find these companies by googling "order portrait from china".
Ordering directly from an Artist
Another option is to order a portrait directly from the artist. It will probably be more expensive, than ordering from China, but at least you can check their real work before ordering, to build your trust.
The downside is that many freelance artists do not have a tooled order processing system, as they just do not have that many orders coming as, for example, companies. Most of the cases you can not get specific guarantees about quality, delivery time, response time etc.
If that part does not bother you at all and you don't mind spending some time, you can use social media or google search to find some artists around you. Especially Instagram. Put "order a portrait" or "oil portrait" in a search bar, I recommend searching by tags rather than people.
from a Local USA Company
Let's see what are the options here.
For hand-painted portraits there are all kind of options for materials used, from a pencil drawing (from $50) to an oil on canvas painting (from $150).
I recommend going with oil, as it is the best looking medium and it will last you a very long time as well.
When ordering make sure there will be a preview available, corrections and that your portrait will come ready to hang.
That most likely will be an extra charges, but that is what you need to make sure you are getting great results and to avoid the hassle with rolled paintings.
Google "order a portrait" and you will find a least 10 relevant websites to choose from.
Or go here to order an oil portrait with all-inclusive price (from $290).
If you would like your portrait to be done in a Modern Style rather than Classic, check this option (from $390).
Another option is a digital painting.
Let's see what kind of painting it is. "Digital painting is a method of creating an art object (painting) digitally and/or a technique for making digital art in the computer" [Wikipedia]. In other words, it is an artwork that is made on a computer using programs like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and others.
Google "digital portrait painting" to find some options.
There will be Classic Styles Portraits as well as Modern.
If you have any questions on this topic or if you want to share your experience, do not hesitate to write it all in comments below!
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