Portraits by photo

Hermann has undertaken many commissions for portraiture/busts without having had face-to-face contact with the subject.  He can create wonderfully expressive pieces using a selection of photographs.  This means that Hermann can create a statue or a bust of anything from a family member or friend, to a loved pet or prize-winning livestock, wherever you are in the world.

The following are some guidelines for building a collection of photos to get the best results

  • Take the photos with a solid background (preferably white) and with indirect lighting.  Daylight is best.
  • Use a tripod to eliminate camera vibration and to have the same distance and height of the subject in each shot.
  • If possible, take pictures from between 3 and 4 metres (9 and 13 feet) from the subject, and use the camera’s zoom function to frame the shot.  This removes any proportional distortion that can occur using the camera at close range.
  • Digital photos of high resolution are preferable, and these can be sent to Hermann via email or on a CD via recorded delivery.  If the subject is no longer living, it is possible to use old portrait photos, or pictures from newspapers and magazines. In these situations, any old film footage can be very useful.
  • If the subject is able to pose for photos and you would like a bust of the head & shoulders, take a series of shots, each 1/8th of a turn, all way around (all from the same distance away), all at eye level.  This should produce 8 photos – front, rear, left, right, front left, front right, rear left and rear right.
  • It is best to take the pictures using a swivel chair, so that the camera can remain still, and the subject can maintain the same expression for all the shots.
  • Ask the subject to remain calm and have a relaxed expression during the photoshoot, as that generally produces more consistent results.
  • It may be worth contacting a professional photographer to take the shots if you are not confident in your abilities or lack the necessary equipment.

The cost for a portrait depends on the size and the materials used.  Size can be anything from a small ornament to monumental (as in the case of the statue ‘Volare’.) The piece can be made from any of these materials: terra cotta, papier-mch, cement, bronze, limestone or marble.