Choosing a good photo for your painting

Whilst we can use artistic license when painting a photo it is really important to make sure that the photo you send us is the best quality it can possibly be. The golden rule is that the clearer, larger and more detailed the photo the clearer and more detailed your painting.

5 Tips on choosing the right image:

1) Choose a large image - it we can't see or make out detail we can't paint it so please send us the largest version of the photo you have. Camera phone images and many photos taken from internet sites tend to be very small and not very detailed. A good rule of thumb is looking to see if you can make out the pupil in the eyes of the person you want painted. If you can then your photo is probably large enough.

2) Choose a sharp image - make sure that the photo is in focus and sharp. If the photo is very blurry then it makes it almost impossible to paint from.

3) Make sure that the lighting is good - photos taken in strong sunlight can be bleached out (detail is lost) whilst photos taken in dark areas or with strong shadowing can be very hard to paint from and even out. A good natural light is best.

4) Smile or no smile! - We can't make a non smiling person smile in a painting. The face has so many muscles in it that by just looking at a person who isn't smiling you can't realistically project how they would look when smiling. So choose the photo that exactly captures the moment you want painted.

5) Black and white to colour - we unfortunately cannot change a black and white photo into a colour painting. We can change a colour photo into a black and white painting though.

We hope that the above helps but please do just get in contact with any specific questions or if you would like us to have a quick look at your image and advise you on whether it would work well.