Examples of portraits by Artist Sophie Huddlestone.
The adventure into the world of portraiture combines Sophie’s love of psychology with painting. Sometimes the unpredictable application of the paint decides on the portrait’s theme as the paint dribbles into shapes sparking ideas, a painter’s version of tea leaves or fortune telling. Other times the portrait is planed with a personal narrative to add meaningful topics in a subtle way creating conversations and interest about that person.
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(The copyright wording is not painted across the actual portraits above, it is edited onto the photographs).
With Irlen Syndrome I’ve previously avoided portraiture, My span of focus is incredibly small so it was difficult to see the entire painting in one glance, which is crucial for facial proportions and a likeness. To overcome this I look through a phone or camera viewer from time to time while painting. Imagine your vision is like looking at a fried egg. You see all the egg but actually focus where the yoke is. The fried egg that I see has a greater white area of the egg compared to the yoke, you certainly couldn’t dip the corner of your toast in it.
I have been painting animals, flowers and birds since 2011 but only began learning portraiture in 2018. I was thrilled to have my first portrait commission in March 2019, and also very nervous, as it was for Russell Osman. (He acted in the film Escape to Victory, Indian Super league football expert, TV Co-commentator, former footballer for England etc.) To my relief he thought it was wonderful and he very kindly shared a photo of his new portrait on his social media – his Instagram is @russosman and his Twitter @RussellOs5 as well as collected it in person from our home, before the paint had finished drying.
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As you can see from scrolling through the portraiture examples Sophie’s paintings run deeper than just a visual face and hopefully result in conversations about the person in the painting. The art will be around for generations to come and she enjoys adding a visual story in subtle ways.
Sophie’s style is to add swirls and twirls of patterns and use flashes of unusual colour such as dashes of sky blues or bright pinks in places where those colours shouldn’t be.
Sophie works from a photograph but prefers a chat with the person first. The paintings take approximately two or three weeks of sketching ideas and painting. Regular updates of how the portrait is developing can be sent to the customer. Ideas can be incorporated from the customer. Before posting or collecting the portrait an image is emailed for approval (with the option of a full refund).
Contact Sophie Huddlestone directly for commission portrait enquiries. Text 07932 606867 Other forms of contact are on the contact page, including a messenger to the artist’s Facebook page Artist Sophie Appleton Huddlestone @SwirlySophArt
Commission paintings are created with complete confidentiality if requested, otherwise progress images and the finished portrait may appear on Sophie’s website and social media. Commission prices on request.
Your original portrait is a one off original, just for you. You would own the portrait but the full copyrights remain with the artist, Sophie Huddlestone. It is not permitted for any person or entity to use any artworks or images by Sophie Huddlestone for printing, copying or replicating, physical or virtual form,