Founder of Domino's Pizza,
owner of Detroit Tigers (1983-92)
and Founder of Ave Maria University
Head & Shoulders Size
(approx. 20"x16" or 24"x 20")
Half Length Size
(with at least one hand)
(approx. 28"x 22")
(approx. 40"x 30")
Full Length Size
(approx. 48"x30" and up)
size approx. 25"x20" (for two heads), and up.
Examples of portrait options :
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
or a successful portrait painting,
especially when photographic references may be used, it is VITAL for an artist to have the enriched experience and ability to work from
life. Such experience enables the artist to portray likeness with the most natural and life-like appearance which truly immortalizes the person, and creates the portrait far beyond its photographic references.
Established Portrait Painting Procedure
Mr. Babailov travels extensively to the schedule and convenience of his portrait client’s location and caters to a distinguished professional clientele, in the United States, Canada and around the world.
Igor Babailov's life-time experience in portrait painting allows him to work comfortably from life or from photographs. When working strictly from photos is necessary, in the instances when clients have busy schedules or with children for whom it is difficult to sit for extended periods, or for posthumous portraits and those commissioned as a surprise, Mr. Babailov applies his invaluable knowledge of painting from life, acquired through his life-time experience and unsurpassed formal fine art education (1974-1990).
The initial meeting with the client usually takes two and a half hours and is scheduled at the artist’s studio or the client’s location. At this initial meeting, the overall idea, size and the wall location where the portrait will be displayed are discussed. If necessary, Babailov will take 100-200 photographic references of the subject, to be used in the creation of the portrait.
Igor Babailov's Fees are quoted in U.S. Dollars and available upon request at [email protected]
Prices are determined by the portrait size, number of people and medium used.
Available traditional portrait mediums are: Oil on Canvas /Linen, Charcoal /Sepia /Graphite and Pastel.
Igor Babailov's extensive experience and years of formal academic training allow him to complete each finely detailed DRAWING STUDY from life within 30 minutes. At the same time, clients have the opportunity to see the artist in 'action' and his skill in capturing a full of character life-likeness, right on the spot, within a brief period of time, with only a black & white pencil. After all, "if one can draw, one can always paint", said master portrait painter Pietro Annigoni.
After the initial meeting, Mr. Babailov provides the client with several compositional studies, to determine the best compositional setting of the figure in the background, most suitable for the portrait. Once the decision on the choice of composition is made, the artist professionally prepares the museum quality appropriate weight canvas to start working on the actual portrait painting.
During the portrait sitting, Igor Babailov will do his unique DRAWING STUDIES, entirely from LIFE regardless of the sitter's age.
In these DRAWING sketches, the artist assumes the challenge of the monochromatic drawing method, which, unlike a color painting sketch, requires 100% accuracy in tonal values and proportions and does not forgive mistakes in likeness! They say: "Drawing never fails, but often the artist does", this is why the vast majority of today's portrait artists don't draw from life in front of their clients. Although, it's the DRAWING studies from LIFE that have been recognized by generations of Portrait Masters, as the VITAL STEP in preparation for a portrait painting and greatest opportunity to ultimately understand all the nuances of the subject's features and likeness, in order to get a deeper sense of beautiful uniqueness, character and personality, in direct communication with the person (please see What You Need To Know When Commissioning A Portrait Painting ).
The Igor Babailov Unique Drawing Studies from Life
(15-min Graphite sketch)
One of the life drawing studies,
completed in preparation for oil painting.
~ Igor Babailov, Hon RAA, KStA
Portrait Procedure & Fees
Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA is one of the very few artists today whose Portrait Painting Procedure resembles those of the Great Portrait Masters of the past. It includes preliminary DRAWING STUDIES from LIFE, the studies that capture impeccable likeness, character and personality and require the artist's independence from the camera and ability to DRAW entirely from Life, which today is a fundamental challenge for many painters.
Such experience in drawing enables the artist to portray likeness with the most natural and life-like appearance which truly immortalizes the person in the painting, and creates the portrait far beyond its photographic references.
Master of Ascending Realism
Any photos provided by the client will be returned upon portrait completion.
A 40%-50% deposit ( the amount of deposit is determined by the size of the portrait ) is required upon the signing of the Portrait Agreement.
"If one can draw, one can always paint."
~ Pietro Annigoni, Royal portrait painter