Congratulations portrait winners! Here is information about your award and instructions about how to take photos and how to get them to Pamela. Don't forget contact info, as well as info about the subject of your portrait. (The photo instructions should be helpful for commission clients, too.)
Your portrait award is an original graphite (pencil) work of art on 100% rag board. Unless stipulated differently, it will be approximately 14"x18" and will be matted, framed under glass, and ready to hang (approx. 20"x24" when framed). Your portrait will be a head study of the horse or pony of your choice, in a pose of your choice. You might like something simple and casual, bare-headed or haltered; or you may prefer something more formal with a show bridle; or perhaps a jumping pose. You may even wish to include a rider. (Including a rider requires an independent additional fee of $250, to be paid directly to Pamela.)
Pamela works from photographs so you must get your photos to her ASAP. You may e-mail them to her (email@example.com)or send her prints via ground mail (see Contact Info page). If you e-mail them to her, please send the full-sized original files (do not reduce them as some e-mail programs offer), so she can generate a sharp, detailed print from which to work.
If you have questions unanswered here, Pamela will be happy to help via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (iPhone or text 661.972.2777).
A good rule of thumb is to take your photos in good sunlight, with a good digital camera that will not distort your image (some wide-angle lenses on smartphone cameras ruin proper perspective - huge heads and tiny necks, or vice versa). See if you can get a friend or two to help - maybe one to hold your horse and one to stand behind you to get your horse's attention. Don't worry about background, but avoid things blocking your horse or casting odd shadows. Take photos from the withers and elbow forward, from several different views and angles, bareheaded, haltered or bridled. Send your favorite/s to Pamela.
Please include the following info with your photo/s:
Name of the winner
Name of the horse/pony
Something about the horse/pony
(personality, traits, your relationship, etc.)
The better your photo/s and the sooner you get it/them to Pamela, the more quickly your portrait will be finished! Thank you!
Good reference photo...
Portraits at the banquet in January...
How your photo leads to the finished portrait...
1. The first step is to get the image sketched on the board. The dimensions of the portrait and basic likeness are established with a rough line drawing.
2. The eye is the starting point, because it is the heart of the work. Once Pamela feels she has made a "connection" with the subject through the eye, she moves on to other facial features and starts to develop bone and muscle structure.
3. The process continues along the neck and into the shoulder, slowly building up detail by working back and forth from one area to another, darkening and blending and erasing until Pamela is satisfied. Here you can see the tools she uses - simple #2B pencils, blending stubs, cotton swabs, kneaded erasers, and an electric eraser for fine detail like that glint in the eye or on that bridle. You can also note the darkening of the background to set off the white blaze. Working in pencil (graphite) is all about light and dark.
Here is "Discreet aka Charles" finished and ready to frame. Pamela may still define some areas and/or soften others, but "Charles" is his confident, contented self, and his owner/rider is pleased.
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