• Graphic Design

    Custom Typographical Portraits

    Do you like the celebrity TypeArt® Portraits you see on this site? You can have one of them designed for you if you want your own image (or maybe that of your pet) transformed into a beautiful typographic work of art. You only need to indicate which of the existing portraits come closest to the kind of style you'd like to have for your own, or send an example of something similar with your preferred colours, and some rough mockups can be made for you to consider. Once you have selected a favorite and given the A-okay, it can then be developed into a higher resolution piece and have typography incorporated to whatever degree you like. You could have your face in a readable portrait with the Declaration of Independence if you are willing to pay for the time to have it done.

    In addition, you can have a portrait on a full sized canvas at high resolution to hang on your wall. This would actually be a hand painting of the canvas over an enlargement of the mockup, and the application and collage of real newsprint and magazine letters, depending on the style that you choose. Since these full sized portraits take many hours to create, some requests may have to be declined or put on a waiting list during busy periods.

  • Graphic Design

    Custom Typographical Portraits

    To order a full sized canvas takes quite a bit longer to develop than the smaller sized online media images, so depending on the style and the size of the canvas you want, the cost of producing such a canvas portrait will probably run at least $1500 for a canvas size of 3'x4', unless it does not involve too much typographical detail. Since the typographical component can take a lot of time to paint and configure, the cost would only be less if the portrait style has less hand painted type, or utilizes blocks of type from magazines and newspaper clippings. It can also cost quite a bit more if you want the canvas even bigger or want the text to be formed into logical sentences (e.g. you could have the lyrics of song printed all over your face or the Declaration of Independence, or whatever you like.)

    The more elaborate the portrait and the larger the size, the longer it will take to paint and the higher cost of producing it. For canvases that incorporate different kinds of media (like newspaper and collage letters) it is recommended that you frame the canvas when you receive it to protect the surface of the artwork, though it will be lightly varnished to protect it naturally. Mockups of the artwork with a few recommended frame colours can also be provided, if you indicate the colour or surface of the wall on which you intend to hang the portrait.

    For smaller resolution designs the cost will be a lot less, though if you want the image to be of high enough resolution to be used on a 12" album cover or poster, you will probably want the artwork to be created at a larger size and then photographed for your print media so that it has much more detail and resolution.

    You will be asked to sign an agreement saying that either the subject of the portrait is you and you have full rights to the image (in which case you can do whatever you want with it once finished). If you wish to have a portrait done of a living, or recently living celebrity, you will also have to agree that you will not be using the image in any form of marketing or merchandising unless you have permission from the celebrity or the estate of the celebrity to create this artwork for that purpose. Without permission to distribute, a celebrity portrait can be made if you declare that it is not for commercial purposes.

    For further information, rates and a quotation, please contact Lloyd Springer at lloydspr@typeart.com.