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Working from photographs

Some Portraiture Artists work "from life," meaning in real-time during live sittings with the subject. I paint very slowly and also at late hours when I'm the most inspired for anyone to sit still that long ... so my portraits are usually based on numerous reference photographs.

Here are a few examples.





















  Commissioned Illustration for a personalized children's book.

  Title: "Valentina, somewhere inVenezuela" 



Indica with photo references
Miss Lottie.jpg
Original photo reference- Miss Lottie
Valentina- main reference  photograph.jpg
Native Americans Pow Wow P1050183 (1).JPG
Native Americans- Pastel and Charcoal on Canson paper.JPG

Nanybel highly recommends and prefers to personally take the reference photographs when possible, at no extra charge (she usually takes several dozens of photos). A contract arrangement and traveling expenses may apply to clients living far from the Greater Atlanta, GA area.

Copyright: When meeting with the subject(s) is not possible, and you most provide the reference photographs, please make sure these are free of copyrights - Nanybel also highly recommends that you send your own and will gladly guide you through the process to take the best shots possible.


Copyright of Nanybel's work remains her own, to promote her work and/or to use for reproductions (Giclées) when appropriate. Her artwork cannot be reproduced or used for any purposes by anyone else without her written permission.

Photo Tips:
When you provide the subject's images, a primary photo/image that you specify will be used as the main reference to render the subject more or less "as is" since Nanybel employs realistic techniques to create her portraits. She studies the supplied images carefully to bring out the best in the subject, but only one can serve as the primary basis for your portrait as illustrated in the examples above.


Nanybel portraits are created using the finest pastels and charcoals on acid- free "Canson Mi-Teintes", "Canson Touch" papers and boards, and Sennelier paper. An invisible, protective, safe, non yellowing coating is usually applied to the finished work to preserve its beauty. Expert custom framing including conservation/museum glass is recommended and available upon request.

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