Conveying the Intrinsic Nature
"Novelty is seldom the essential...make a subject better from its intrinsic nature." -Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Clients aren't actually wanting the piece they send you.
Wait, what? 🤯
Yes, it's true. The unspoken desire of a client is for the character, or intrinsic nature, of the person, place, pet, or object to be conveyed in the piece. It's the emotion felt in the moment or the emotion felt toward the subject matter that made the client so gung-ho about sending the piece to you in the first place.
Conveying character is the extra "oomph" in a piece that really sets what you create above the original photograph.
So, don't worry about making a piece complex to showcase your talent. The client already recognizes your talent by coming to YOU for the painting.
Keeping it simple and taking out the unessential items in the photograph brings it down to the bare bones. Then, you can focus on exhibiting the intrinsic nature and satisfying the client.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.