MARK DRAISEY PORTRAITS


ABOUT ME

Biography

I was born in London in 1962 and always demonstrated an interest in art and, in particular, faces. So it was a foregone conclusion that I would end up going to art college. Having studied illustration at Brighton Polytechnic, I began working as a caricaturist on Central TV's satirical programme Spitting Image, designing and modelling the caricatured puppets. On leaving, I set up as a freelance illustrator, caricaturist and cartoonist supplying work to many magazines, publishers and design companies including Country Life, The Week, Oxford University Press, BBC, Tatler and Punch. However, at the age of 53, I have decided to make a new start by returning to where I began, as a traditional portrait and landscape artist working in oils and watercolour.

Awards & Exhibitions:
2017 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition.

Portraits

If you would like to commission an oil portrait, the process is fairly simple. We first discuss what it is you require regarding appearance, size, background etc. Once the price is agreed, I then visit you to finalise the details and photograph you in your chosen setting rather than you having to find the time for several lengthy sittings. The painting will then proceed to a point where the face is almost complete as depicted in the right hand image, whereupon I will email you a photo for your approval. Once satisfied, I will then complete the rest of the portrait. When it is finished, you will be sent another image before I varnish the dry painting and arrange delivery to you. Please be aware that working in oils can be a slow process often delayed by drying times. If you require your painting by a certain date, then please allow at least two months when commissioning.

Prices vary depending on the size required and content detail. Please contact me with your request so that I can supply an estimate. I would also be more than happy to advise you on the appropriate size of artwork for the particular setting you wish to hang it in, as well as any uncertainties you may have regarding the background, props, suitable attire etc.

I am also more than happy to paint your beloved dog or horse using the same quality and care as in my 'human' portraits. I can also include these animals in your portrait should you so wish. Please ask for further details.
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