Though he started off by offering striking creature commissions on our site, Jimmy Yeung recently added a realistic portrait style at a very wallet-friendly price point. Here is the latest commission he has done in this style featuring Facebook’s VP of Ads and Pages (and all-around online art connoisseur), Andrew Bosworth.
Though we get a lot of cartooney and stylized commission orders on ArtCorgi, we have also found realistic portraits to be quite popular. We’re keen to see what ultimately becomes the most in-demand style over time. So far, it is too early to tell, though we think above portrait is pretty dang cool.
A Word from the Artist
ArtCorgi: You create amazing creature illustrations (which people can also commission from you) in addition to realistic human portraits. What are the biggest differences between illustrating people and creatures?
Jimmy Yeung: In my opinion I really don’t find one quite different from one another. I say that mainly because I take the same approach to all my artwork. It really just boils down to having a good understanding of light/form and of course composing the person/creature in a appealing way. But If I had to choose one major difference between painting/illustrating people vs creatures, I would have to say that, when I’m painting a creature, I often have or feel like I have more artistic freedom.
What advice would you give to people sending you reference photos for portraits of themselves and their friends? What are the characteristics of a good reference photo? What are the characteristics of a bad reference photo?
Do not shy away from sending a larger file. The more I see, the better I can see. The size of an image will determine the outcome of the final look of the portrait and of course larger images make my job a lot easier. That said, I would take a well-lit photo in a lower resolution over a horribly-lit photo with high resolution any day.