People portraits are a relatively new departure for me, so I spend some time on the preliminary sketches before even plotting out an oil painting. The watercolour sketches certainly helped in the structuring the oil painting. Sometimes clients want special requests - there is a Welsh dragon in the oil painting of the little girl with a blue balloon, if you can spot it.

Ideas change and develop in a significant piece like this, and seeing what works and what does not can be as interesting as the finished painting. A commission like this (18 by 24 inches) would be about £3,000 but I also include the preliminary sketches and studies as part of the “commission archive”.

I have also included a digital drawing of Dylan in the gallery which you can see in  action replay if you click on the arrow at the bottom of the page.