The Perks of an Illustrated Professional Portrait

Stephen Before and After by Crespella via ArtCorgi

Crespella’s sketch portrait style has become quite popular amongst those looking for illustrated alternatives to their default professional portraits, be they for LinkedIn profiles, author portraits, or company websites.

Stephen recently commissioned this portrait of himself in the style and we think it came out quite nicely. Below he shares some interesting insights on what illustrations bring to the table that photos cannot.

Backstory Behind the Piece: Q&A with Stephen

ArtCorgi (AC): What inspired you to commission this art?

Stephen (S): One of my friends referred me to the ArtCorgi website and the artist as they had their portrait created as well. I thought it would be an excellent portrait to use both socially and professionally.

AC: What do you think an illustrated professional portrait brings to the table that a photo does not?

S: The artist achieves a certain level of amiability with the color reduction and style of how they compose the illustration. You can’t take a photo and perform color reduction and get the same effect. Additionally, the color reduction and close resemblance gives the subject a pop-art portrait that is not as effectively achieved with a photo.

AC: What advice would you give to a friend who is commissioning art for the first time?

S: Send a good photo that will best represent you and expect a great result.