Creating portraits during a time of social distance

young girl sitting in front of a computer waving at someone on a video call


Sometimes a portrait artist is commissioned to create a portrait from photographs. There are many different reasons why an artist would need to work from a picture, not the least of which is the inability to meet with a person face-to-face due to geographic restraints or medically-mandated social distancing such as we are now facing. 


Even across vast distances, portrait artists have the unique ability to capture the essence of a person. They portray the personality and passions of the subject in their work. In order to reveal the soul of a person in a painting or sculpture, artists spend time getting to know them and their mannerisms. 


During times such as these, we seek out beauty in the world to comfort us, and portrait artists can help bring that into our lives by honoring the people we care about with their work.


Portraits created despite distancing


Our artists employ technology, such as Zoom or FaceTime meetings or video recordings, as a means to get to know people who live far away or when it is otherwise impossible to meet with them in person. Virtual sittings for clients or videos of children playing and being themselves feed into great portraits. 


Portraits that recapture the memories of the past


Portrait artists are also able to use photographs to surpass the distance of time and create works that encapsulate a meaningful moment in someone’s life. Sometimes people want to capture a time in their life or in the life of a loved one that has long passed. A corporate leader at the end of an illustrious career. A child moving away to go to college. There are many reasons clients want to recapture moments from the past, and portrait artists can bring those memories to life in a way that is not possible through photographs. 


Portrait artists are also often commissioned to honor people from history. For example, many universities are going back and honoring women and people of color from the past who have impacted their institutions but may not have received the recognition they deserved, hanging their portraits alongside those already in their collections.



side by side image of a photograph of a man with a cane and a painted portrait of the man



Posthumous portraits


Many of our artists have created posthumous portraits to memorialize those who are no longer with us. Our artists work from a series of photographs and other resources, and any information one can share about the person they’re honoring is useful. For example, interviews with loved ones and videos of speeches can help capture gestures, personality, and why the subject was and continues to be so important to the people around them. 


Choosing the right artist to create a portrait from a photograph


Whether you are unable to have a live sitting or you want to honor a special time or person in your life, Portraits, Inc. can help you find the right artist for your portrait. You can rely on our experience and knowledge of the artists who have the skill to pull off an excellent portrait from photographs and any other resources you can provide.


Not only do we have more than 100 years of experience collectively, but we have spent decades building relationships with our artists. You can trust us to help you find the right artist for your commissioned work of art. Additionally, we offer a client-satisfaction guarantee, so you can rest assured you will be completely satisfied with the end result.


About Portraits, Inc. 


Through the month of July 2020, a number of our artists are offering 10% off portraits created from photographs, video recordings, and teleconference sittings. Our artists will use the resources provided about the subject to capture their true essence and place in the world. 

If you have a vision that can only be served by a fine art painting, then the right time to commission a piece is now. Request more information on commissioning a fine art portrait from Portraits Inc., or give us a call at 1-800-476-1223 today.