There is definitely a time and place for capturing your families likeness as it is in that moment. The realism, the exact moment, frozen on a digital file and printed in a photo-book makes practical sense. I know I don't want to forget how my children looked the day they were born, and who was there standing with me at the alter when I married my childhood sweetheart. However, why then do we so crave, desire, get entertainment from, or just plain love having an artist create our likeness on paper?
The power of the portrait...
After pondering some time on this question, it became clear to me that the reason we value a hand made drawing over a photograph is not the actual act of someone drawing your representation from pencil or paint. After all, a skilled artist wouldn't be doing just that anyway.
For instance, when I draw someone I look to capture the essence of their personality, highlighting the uniqueness of that person in an expressive manner. The reason has to be that the work of art becomes more than just a representation of the person.
What makes it more special?
Having an artistic rendition of yourself, your family, a special moment in your life created with a trusted artist feels luxurious and extravagant. It feels very special. That could also be because of the time that goes into it. It is more than setting up the right settings on a camera and pressing the button with just the right light. It is also taking effort to make something from absolutely nothing. Starting with a blank page, the artist will hand craft with just the right strokes of the pencil or brush to capture the essence of the subject. The handcrafted portrait holds much more value because of the effort and heart that goes into the work.
An artist will take the time to tell the story of the moment, the personality of the person, and capture the unique qualities of the subject that will resonate with the audience. Once reserved for the rich and elite, the handmade custom portrait or commissioned work of art is now available to anyone who values having an heirloom made for their family.
Acquire an heirloom work of art
If you desire to have your portrait drawn, or perhaps want to do something special for your next special event, take a look at my art experience page for event art services. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to my connect with lori page to send me an inquiry on having a commissioned artwork made custom for you or as a gift.
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