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Selection of Style, Size and Frames
o What styles do you offer?
o When should I choose the oil painting?
o When should I choose the watercolor?
o When should I choose color pencil sketches?
o When should I choose black-and-white pencil sketches?
o Do you have a comparison of different styles based on the same photo?
o Do you offer any discount?
o What sizes do you have for oil paintings?
o What sizes do you have for watercolors and pencil sketches?
o What size should I choose for my painting?
o Can you make a size in between those you offer?
o Can you make an oversized painting?
o Can you make a very small painting?
o Do you frame the paintings?
o Why should I ask you to frame it instead of doing it locally or myself?
o How do I select the right frame?
o How to choose among the frames for oil paintings?
o How to choose among the frames for watercolors and pencils sketches?
o Can I decide the frame after the painting is done?
o Can I decide the frame after the painting arrives?
o Do you do matting?
o How long will the framing take?
o Can I ask for advice on which style, size and frame are the best choice for my painting?
Selection of Style, Size and Frames
  • What styles do you offer?

  • o Oil painting on canvas
  •      Realism
  •      Impressionism
  • o Watercolor
    o Color pencil
  •      Full color
  •      Sepia tone
  •      Pastel
  • o Black-and-white pencil
  •      Fine pencil sketch
  •      Charcoal sketch
  • When should I choose the oil painting?

  • o Oil paintings are very precise in details and work well with all kinds of photos, especially with human faces. It is more formal and impressive, best suitable for the prominent location above the fireplace, the house entrance or above the sofa in the living room or dining room.
    o Pros
  •      The rich colors resemble the real person or scene almost perfectly. The oil paints are mixed first, so any color is possible. Also the painting brush is very fine and once the paint falls on the canvas, it doesn't spread around. All these make it possible for very fine details to be vividly brought out.
  •      Oil paintings use custom framing, so there are more choices and frames tend to be more impressive.
  •      They last longer. All the European masterpieces like Mona Lisa last hundreds of years.
  •      There is usually a big discount only for oil paintings like $100. So you will get a great deal to get the most upscale and impressive painting style.
  • o Cons
  •      Oil paintings look so real that sometimes they look just like the enlarged photographs. When you stand closely, you still see the brush strokes and different layers of paints but when you step back, it looks so perfect that you might think that is a photo. However, we can add some impressionistic style in or make the brush strokes deliberately more pronounced. You need to request these special treatments.
  •      They tend to be more expensive
  •      Custom framing tends to be more expensive
  •      They take longer to make and cost more to ship.
  • o Check out our oil portrait gallery
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_1.php
  • When should I choose the watercolor?

  • o Watercolor is by nature more impressionistic. They have bigger blocks of colors, are rougher in details and thus look more like a hand-made piece of artwork. In fact, watercolor takes more skill to produce because unlikely oil paintings where you can cover mistakes by applying another layer of paints, watercolor has to be done in one sitting. Only top talents can produce them well.
    o Pros
  •      They look more artistic and impressionistic than oil paintings.
  •      They render landscape, houses and especially water scenes superbly.
  •      They render scenes with motion better
  • o Cons
  •      They lack details by nature, so if you want a portrait, they tend to look better with the face close-up. Full figure watercolor portraits need to have a large size to ensure facial details.
  • o Check out our watercolor gallery http://yourartnow.com/gallery_watercolor_from_photo_1.php
  • When should I choose color pencil sketches?

  • o Color pencil sketches look more artistic in terms of all the pencil strokes shown as the details on the painting. They look more casual and fit the bedroom, study room and living room better. It is also a technique that requires very high level of skill because the artist has to render the superb color likeness using only 24 individual colors without the ability to mix them like the oil painting.
    o Pros
  •      They look more artistic and more like a hand-made sketched art with all the visible strokes
  •      There are many variations of techniques, such as full color, sepia tone, pastel, etc
  •      They yield a better detailing of hair with all the lines clearly added compared to watercolor which can only add rough feel of hair details.
  •      Compared to the charcoal sketch, it can bring out all the color theme in the photo, so if you like pencil sketches but want the colors rather than the black-and-white theme, this is the best choice
  • o Cons
  •      They tend to look with a lower level of details from oil paintings. But this is by nature due to the technique. Many people actually prefer the hand-made feel with rougher details.
  •      The colors are not as full and smooth as oil painting or watercolor but they are by nature as well since there are only 24 separate colors to use.
  • o Check out our color pencil gallery
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery_color_pencil_from_photo_1.php
  • When should I choose black-and-white pencil sketches?

  • o Black-and-white pencil sketches look very classic with the mono-color theme and visible pencil strokes. It is the best choice for a black-and-white photo. It is also the best choice if you have a tight budget.
    o Pros
  •      They look very classic, especially for a vintage black-and-white photograph
  •      They cost significantly less than other painting styles, which makes it more affordable if you are on a tight budget.
  •      It is the fastest to make. So if you are on a very urgent deadline, this can be done very quickly while you have to wait a couple of weeks for an oil painting to complete.
  • o Cons
  •      They lack coloring, so all the colors on hair, eyes, clothes, background are all lost. If they are important, pencil sketch will not be a good choice.
  •      Pencil sketches are made on paper, so they last shorter than oil painting. We apply protection coating on the surface to prolong their lives, so within a couple of decades, you wouldn't see a difference on the painting.
  • o Check out our black-and-white pencil gallery
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery_pencil_charcoal_drawing_from_photo_1.php
  • Do you have a comparison of different styles based on the same photo?

  • o Please check out the page below for Marilyn Monroe
    http://yourartnow.com/Monroe_portrait.php
  • Do you offer any discount?

  • o We currently offer a $100 discount on oil paintings only.
  • What sizes do you have for oil paintings?

  • o 12x16 is the minimum size to fit up to 3 people. It is roughly the size of a 17" computer monitor and is quite small for the wall. It will not yield the ideal outcome unless your painting is about 1-2 shoulder-and-up faces. The main reason for this size is to keep the budget low.
    o 16x20 is the next size up and one of the most popular sizes we offer. It is good for up to 5 people and can yield the best result for up to 3 people. It is a great choice for couple's wedding portraits or a family of three. It is a large enough size for the wall but still quite small for a prominent location like the fireplace.
    o 20x24 is a very decent size for a portrait. It is large enough to be a prominent portrait of central focal point above the fireplace or the bed. It can yield ideal result for up to a family of 5. This is the size we would recommend if your financing is not a major concern.
    o 24x36 offers a more impressive option than 20x24. It would make the painting into a museum size, making it ideal for the fireplace or house entrance. It can yield best result for any number of subjects up to 7. For single-person half-body portrait, it can come out at life-size.
    o 36x48 is the largest size we usually offer. It is enormous. It is best for large landscapes, reproduction of classical masterpieces, a very large group of people up to 10, life-size full-body single portrait or life-size half-body portrait of a couple. One limitation for this size is that we not long can frame it for you due to the concern of shipping safety.
  • What sizes do you have for watercolors and pencil sketches?

  • o 8x10 is the minimum size of a pencil sketch, not watercolor. It is smaller than a magazine and is good for 1-2 people's face portrait. Its main benefit is to keep budget low. It is more for desk display than wall.
    o 11x14 is the minimum size for watercolor and a decent size for pencil sketches. In fact, it offers a much better result from 8x10 with only a very minor price increase. This is our recommended size if you have a tight budget or the painting is about only a half-body single or couple portrait. It is still a little small for family portraits.
    o 16x20 is a very decent size for family portraits up to 5 people. This size allows full level of details on the face. 11x14 and 16x20 are our most popular sizes.
    o 20x24 is the most impressive size of non-oil paintings and the largest one we offer. It is the most popular size for watercolor since watercolor is more vague in details, so it requires a relatively larger size. It will be ideal for the fireplace showcase. Our framing option for this size will be significantly limited due to the shipping concern and selection.
  • What size should I choose for my painting?

  • o The size selection is essential for the painting quality. The general rule is that the larger the size, the more space the artist has to add details, thus the higher the likeness the painting will get. In addition, larger paintings look more impressive overall. Most samples we show on our web site are of the size either 16x20 or 20x24. Choosing a small size may significantly reduce the quality simply because there is not enough space to draw.
    o Use the Size Guideline above using the number of subjects as a threshold for minimum size. If your subject has full-body pose, you probably need to choose a larger size given the basic guidelines with the number of subjects because the facial area will be relatively small in a full figure portrait. Please talk to your art associate about what size to choose especially when you are considering a small one.
  • Can you make a size in between those you offer?

  • o Yes. We can virtually make the painting any size you want. The price for custom size is the closest size covering roughly the same area. For example, a square size 30x30 will have the same price of a 24x36. Please talk to your art associate for such custom size.
  • Can you make an oversized painting?

  • o For oil paintings, the size can go up to 48x72. For watercolors and pencil sketches, the size can go up to 30x40. However, these are considered special projects and the price will be determined case by case, usually proportional to the total area. Please talk to your art associate for such custom oversize.
  • Can you make a very small painting?

  • o Yes, as long as the size is large enough to allow a reasonable amount of details to be revealed. For oil, we can make as small as 8x10. For watercolor, 8x10. For pencil sketches, 5x7. The subject is usually one face or some objects or a simple scene. The price is the same as our smallest size for each style, which refers to 12x16 for oil, 11x14 for watercolor and 8x10 for pencil sketches.
  • Do you frame the paintings?

  • o Yes, we frame all paintings except for 36x48 oil paintings due to shipping constraints. Check out our frame selections by clicking the link below.
    http://yourartnow.com/framing.php
  • Why should I ask you to frame it instead of doing it locally or myself?

  • o Professional work
  •      Oil paintings need custom measuring, canvas stretching and cutting of moldings. It can be done by yourself if you had extensive experience. A bad framing job can ruin the painting.
  •      If asked to frame it beforehand, our artist will have the framing margin space in mind when making the painting. In this way, the frame will come to fit the painting naturally and perfectly. Even though we will leave the margin for you to do it yourself, it may not fit perfectly and you may need to make adjustments that cost extra time and money.
  • o Convenience
  •      If we frame the painting for you, it will arrive ready to hang, saving you time to go to the local framing store and to wait.
  •      When you send the unframed painting as a gift, it will subject the gift recipient significant cost to frame it locally. Since oil paintings can not be displayed without being stretched onto a frame, many people receiving unframed paintings may procrastinate and even put the painting away not framed.
  • o Cost saving
  •      Because we do not run a retail store front, we don't have the overhead cost. So usually our framing services cost only half of that from your local framing stores. This is especially true for custom framing of oil paintings. We encourage you to contact your local store to quote their price as a comparison to see how much you can save. Please add up their material cost, labor cost and sales tax. Our price includes all the above.
  • o Time saving
  •      It costs us a few hours to frame it without delaying the shipping at all. Framing at a local store usually requires a reservation and can wait about a week for the work to complete.
  • How do I select the right frame?
    o Color theme
  •      Make sure the color of the frame fits the theme of your painting and doesn't distract it. Here are a few examples. If you have a black-and-white painting or a couple in wedding dresses, a black or silver frame will look better. If your painting has a very dark background, you want to avoid the black frame and pick a lighter color to make the boundaries clear. If the subject has blonde hair or the background is light beige, the golden frame will certainly come out ideal.
  • o Style preference
  •      The patterns of the frame can be divided mainly into plain styling and sophisticated styling. Plain styling has simple patterns or no patterns while sophisticated styling has more fancy patterns on the frame.
  • o Current wall deco
  •      The color of your wall, the setting of the room and the size of the open space will all contribute to your frame decision.
  • How to choose among the frames for oil paintings?
    o Check out our frame options for oil paintings
    http://yourartnow.com/framing.php
    o Dark frames include simple styling ones like Sienna (dark cherry) and Antique (black). Royal is a wider and heavier frame offering a more elegant while still simple styling. Wallace offers more sophisticated styling with a very beautiful pattern.
    o Golden frames are all very elegant and beautiful. Victoria has a more fancy style while Hampton has a more plain style. Kensington has a lighter color while Winchester has a darker color. Florence sits in the center in both color and styling and it is actually the most popular frame.
    o We also offer more upscale frames like the platinum color Luxembourg and museum quality frame Versailles, etc.
  • How to choose among the frames for watercolors and pencils sketches?

  • o Check out our frame options for watercolor and pencil sketches
    http://yourartnow.com/framing.php#frame
    o Simple styles such as signature black and cherry work pretty well with black-and-white pencil sketches.
    o Verona, Newport and Milano are the best choices for watercolor due to their muted and lighter colors.
    o Sienna and Vintage Scroll are the most elegant frames you can find anywhere. They fit any painting well.
  • Can I decide the frame after the painting is done?

  • o Yes. You don't have to make a decision when you place the order. You can wait until the painting is completed to do so.
  • Can I decide the frame after the painting arrives?

  • o We do not recommend that because you will have to ship the painting back to us with significant extra shipping cost and long wait.
  • Do you do matting?

  • o Oil paintings don't have mat because they are stretched around the inner stretch bars. If there were anything that looks like mats, they are actually part of the frame styling.
    o We do matting for watercolor and pencil sketches. The selection of matting will move the frame size to the next larger one. We use elegant double mats and will consult you with picking the best color.
  • How long will the framing take?

  • o A few hours. It will not delay the shipping at all.
  • Can I ask for advice on which style, size and frame are the best choice for my painting?

  • o Absolutely. Send us your photo and talk to our friendly art associate to discuss your preference and thoughts. We will make suggestions on style, size and frames. Painting Ideas
  • What subject do you draw?

  • o Single portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/self-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Couple portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/couple-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Wedding portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/wedding-portrait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Family portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/family-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Pet portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/pet-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Baby portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/baby-portait-painting-from-photo-gift.php
    o House portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/home-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Vehicle portraits
    http://yourartnow.com/car-boat-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Landscape
    http://yourartnow.com/landscape-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
    o Reproduction of existing paintings
    http://yourartnow.com/fine-art-production-portait-painting-from-photo-art-gift.php
  • What painting to give to my mom?

  • o A painting of mom
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_101.php
    o A painting of dad
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_78.php
    o A panting of mom and dad together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_109.php
    o A painting of your parent's vintage wedding photo
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_58.php
    o A painting of mom and dad now and then with our signature design
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_24.php
    o A painting of mom and you back then
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_85.php
    o A reproduction painting of your mom's favorite masterpiece
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_94.php
    o A painting of all siblings together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_106.php
    o A painting of the grandkids
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_10.php
    o A painting of mom's pet
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_19.php
    o A painting of mom's house or the house you lived when you were little
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_watercolor_painting_from_photo_17.php
    o A painting of mom's church
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_watercolor_painting_from_photo_05.php
    o A landscape painting of a place that meant a lot to mom
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_watercolor_painting_from_photo_26.php
  • What painting to give to my dad?

  • o A painting of dad
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_78.php
    o A painting of mom
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_101.php
    o A panting of mom and dad together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_109.php
    o A painting of all siblings together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_106.php
    o A painting of the grandkids
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_10.php
    o A painting of his favorite pet
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_70.php
    o A painting of dad's boat
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_water_color_painting_from_photo_03.php
    o A painting of dad's classic car
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_54.php
    o A painting of dad's motorcycle
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_43.php
    o A painting of dad's favorite place
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_15.php
    o A reproduction of dad's favorite poster
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_06.php
  • What painting to give to my husband?

  • o A painting of your lovely kids
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_102.php
    o A painting of the two of you together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_pencil_drawing_from_photo_62.php
    o A painting of you
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_47.php
    o A painting of him
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_pencil_drawing_from_photo_16.php
    o A panting of his parents
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_109.php
    o A painting of his buddies together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_pencil_drawing_from_photo_66.php
    o A painting of his favorite pet
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_70.php
    o A painting of his boat
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_water_color_painting_from_photo_03.php
    o A painting of his classic car
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_54.php
    o A painting of his motorcycle
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_43.php
    o A painting of his favorite place
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_15.php
    o A reproduction of his favorite poster
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_06.php
  • What painting to give to my wife?

  • o A painting of your lovely kids
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_102.php
    o A painting of the two of you together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_pencil_drawing_from_photo_62.php
    o A painting of her
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_47.php
    o A panting of her parents
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_109.php
    o A painting of the whole family
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_82.php
    o A painting of her favorite pet
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_70.php
    o A painting of your wedding photo
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_64.php
    o A painting of your house or one you two lived in the past
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_watercolor_painting_from_photo_17.php
    o A painting of the place where you fell in love or proposed
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_89.php
  • What paintings to give to my daughter or daughter-in-law?

  • o A painting of her kids
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_102.php
    o A painting of the two of them together
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_pencil_drawing_from_photo_62.php
    o A painting of her
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_47.php
    o A painting of her favorite pet
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_70.php
    o A painting of their wedding photo
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_64.php
    o A painting of her house
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_watercolor_painting_from_photo_17.php
    o A painting of her whole family
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_82.php
  • What paintings to give to my siblings or close friends?

  • o A painting of her kids
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_102.php
    o A painting of their wedding photo
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_64.php
    o A painting of her
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_47.php
    o A painting of him
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_pencil_drawing_from_photo_16.php
    o A painting of his favorite pet
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_oil_painting_from_photo_70.php
    o A painting of her house
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_watercolor_painting_from_photo_17.php
    o A painting of his boat
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_water_color_painting_from_photo_03.php
    o A painting of you together at a younger age
    http://yourartnow.com/gallery/gallery_color_pencil_drawing_from_photo_16.php
  • What paintings are best for wedding anniversaries?

  • o See paintings ideas for wife and husband
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  • What paintings are best for Christmas?

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  • What paintings are best for Mother's Day?

  • o See painting ideas for mom and wife
  • What paintings are best for Father's Day?

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  • What paintings are best for Valentine's Day?

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