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Commissioning a portrait


First meeting, price and time


Every portrait starts with a meeting preferably in person where artist and model talk about initial ideas. A rough idea of size, style, composition and atmosphere is discussed. Should the painting for example include some artifacts? Such as a specific background? Furniture? Pets? (Cats get included in the portrait with a discount). Clothing choices? And what would the model like to wear? All of this is essential to the overall composition. Depending on the subject some rough sketches might already be done at this point experimenting with composition and detail. When size, detail and atmosphere is agreed upon, a price for the portrait is negotiated.

An agreement is signed to ensure that the client and the artist have aligned their expectations. The written agreement can be seen here (compiled by Billedkunstnernes Forbund).


A standard portrait (head and shoulders) starts at 15.000kr (danish crowns). If only a rough sketch in oil is preferred (like the work from "Danmarks Bedste Portrætmaler") the price is 5.000kr, and the work will be concluded in two-three days time.

The standard portrait will take between two weeks and two months to complete depending on the size and amount of detail. With very complex and very large portraits more time is to be expected.

When the portrait is finished, there will be another three weeks of waiting for the painting to dry completely and the varnish to be administered. The varnish protects the painting and reestablishes the original colours, which has often faded a bit during the drying process.

The portrait itself begins with a sitting in which the model is sketched with pencil or/and oil on the canvas. Reference photos are also taken. The first sitting takes around 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size and detail of the portrait. The initial sketch on canvas and the photos will be reviewed with the client for their feedback and approval.

The highest grade of professional materials are used in the creation of the portrait ensuring durability under proper conditions.

Please contact the artist for details at sorte.kunster@gmail.com

Standard 'head and shoulders' portrait
Oil sketch portrait