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We want to paint an original portrait of you and incorporate it into a collage in celebration of unity and diversity.

Do you ever wish you were a 16th century European nobleman (or noblewoman) able to commission flattering portraits of yourself amongst your riches and prized possessions? Well, we can't help you with the riches, but we can offer you a commissioned portrait in the form of an original oil painting of yourself (or a friend or loved one).


Our goal is twofold: first, to make beautiful yet affordable portraits available to anyone and everyone (not just nobility); and second, to incorporate this collection of paintings into a colorful and diverse collage of faces.

The portraits aren't those factory produced, 100% accurate, photo-like portraits that you can order online. These are small, interpretive, stylistic portraits with personality that would be ideal for wall decorations, gifts, profile pictures, or memorials to loved ones who have passed. They are done on canvas panels of three standard sizes (5x7, 8x10 or 11x14) so that they may be easily and inexpensively framed.


The collage will be used in postcards and online venues as a celebration of human diversity, unity and creativity. The size of the collage will be determined by the total number of paintings commissioned; our project goal is enough to make a collage with at least 9 paintings but it would be wonderful if it were a much more sizable compilation and resulting collage, or possibly even enough to make multiple collages. The end-result will depend entirely on the number, style and colors of the individual portraits, but the layout of the collage will likely be tiled. We've made a very rough draft with the few paintings we have just to show the basic concept.


When choosing a photo for us to work from, keep in mind than an ideal photo for a yearbook or profile picture (i.e. straight on, smiling) may not necessarily be the kind of photo that would translate well to a painting.  While headshot-like pictures work, those with slightly more creative poses or interesting backgrounds are encouraged, as long as they are still fairly close-up. Once the project reaches its funding goal, we will contact you and ask you to send a selection of three or more photos, and we’ll choose the one most conducive to an interesting painting.

And of course, if you have any questions whatsoever, don't hesitate to contact us!

P.S. Wendi's father also has a Kickstarter project going (such a creative family), so you should definitely check that out! And if you're considering supporting only one or the other, keep in mind that his is a once-in-a-blue-moon sort of endeavor, whereas we are likely to do another project like this one in the future. So if you have to pick, help out Bob this time!

 

FAQ

  • Unfortunately, it is not within the scope of this project. But rest assured, if this project is relatively successful, we will likely do another one later in the year that will have less restrictions on it. Alternatively, once Wendi has finished all the paintings for this project (probably by April/May of this year), you may contact her and commission her to paint your favorite pet.

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  • The end result of this project (a collage of faces) will work best if all of the portraits are close-ups of individuals. But rest assured, if this project is relatively successful, we will likely do another one later in the year that will have less restrictions on it. Alternatively, once Wendi has finished all the paintings for this project (probably by April/May of this year), you may contact her and commission her to paint you along with your favorite person.

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  • The focus of this project is portraits...of people. So at this time, scenic paintings do not fit in with the overall project goal. But rest assured, if this project is relatively successful, we will likely do another one later in the year that will have less restrictions on it. Alternatively, once Wendi has finished all the paintings for this project (probably by April/May of this year), you may contact her and commission her to do a stylistic interpretive painting of your favorite scenic photograph.

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  • Ideally, for this project, we'd like to have all the paintings be close-ups of faces so that the focal points will be similar and the resulting collage will flow better. We may be able to zoom in/crop photos you have, though, to make them closer face portraits. But rest assured, if this project is relatively successful, we will likely do another one later in the year that will have less restrictions on it. Alternatively, once Wendi has finished all the paintings for this project (probably by April/May of this year), you may contact her and commission her to do a full-body (or more than just face) portrait.

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    [Thank You Postcard] A postcard of the collage made up of the finished portraits, complete with a personal thank you note from the artist. This reward will be included with every donation of $1 or more.

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    [Collage Digital File] We will email you a high resolution digital file of the collage made from the finished portraits, as well as the $1 reward.

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    [Set of Postcards] We will send you a set of 10 postcards of the collage made from the finished portraits, as well as the $1 and $5 rewards. Shipping within the US is included. (Contact us for international shipping costs).

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    [Digital Files of Your Portrait] A high-quality digital scan of an original painting from a photograph of your choosing. Perfect for use in a digital picture frame! We will also send you a small JPEG version of the same scan for use on social networking sites. The $1 and $5 rewards are also included. (Note, the original painting is not included at this reward level.)

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    [Original 5x7 Painting] Your very own, original 5"x7" portrait painted from a photograph provided by you. This reward includes the $1, $5, $10 and $35 rewards as well. Shipping within the U.S. is also included. (Contact us for international shipping costs).

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    [Original 8x10 Painting] Your very own, original 8"x10" portrait painted from a photograph provided by you. This reward includes the $1, $5, $10 and $35 rewards as well. Shipping within the U.S. is also included. (Contact us for international shipping costs).

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    [Original 11x14 Painting] Your very own original 11"x14" portrait painted from a photograph provided by you. This reward includes the $1, $5, $10 and $35 rewards as well. Shipping within the U.S. is also included. (Contact us for international shipping costs.)

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