To commission a piece of art for your home or workspace, feel free to call me, I'm happy to take you through the process. It's very important I meet the person I am painting to get a sense of their character. On occasions this might not be practical for those living abroad or living in a diffrent part of the country - a video conferencing call, though not ideal, will work.

Prices depend on size and content.
For a guide....
Single head on a 20x20cm Canvas £200
Single head on a 30x30cm Canvas £600
Single head on a 40x40cm Canvas £800
Single head on a 60x60cm Canvas £1000

Room demonstration of size
See below for some examples of previous commissions.
Admiral RamsayAdmiral Ramsay. Oil on Canvas, 150x 120cm. Commissioned by Portsmouth City Council, D-Day 75th Commemoration 2019. Now in the Royal Navy Collections.
John Jenkins John Jenkins. Oil on Canvas. Commissioned by Eric Eisner owner of Portsmouth Footbal Club 2019. Now at Fratton Park.
60th Birthday portrait. Commissioned for a 60th Birthday
Celebrating a life
In celebration of the the grandchildren.Celebrating the grandchildren commission
Thank You Commission
A thank you for all your help commission
Birthday GirlBirthday Girl Commission



Theses are small intimate workshops in my studio in historic Old Portsmouth for a maximum of 5 people.

June 15/16, 29/30
July 13/14,
Aug 03/04, 10/11, 31/01


Old Royal Naval Club
17 Pembroke Rd
Portsmouth PO1 2NT

10am - 3.30pm with flexible breaks (refreshments supplied) and lunch (excluded) There are cafes nearby and shop on the corner or you can bring a packed lunch. The address is below if you are coming by car I can supply residents parking permit.

£200 including materials. BACs or debit card. Each day is a session over 5 hours of teaching with 30 minute break for lunch. An invoice will be sent two weeks in advance of the workshop.

The workshop will involve colour mixing, exploring form and colour theory. It is a figurative workshop introducing and exploring natural and expressive colours with the aim is to achieve a finished or near finished painting, exploring how oil paints works, guiding you to develop a personal style and explore new approaches.

This is not an atelier workshop but I will be referencing historical methods. We will be concentrating on painting but some drawing will be necessary using a grid system to aid proportions.

The workshop will aim at creating a likeness and capture a sense of the sitter in the painting - this is why you should have a personal interaction with your chosen subject.

Day one is an introduction and general overview to portrait painting. We will start by creating a monochrome or grisaille under painting to explore form through shade and tonal values.

In day two we will add colour. Exploring how colour theory can help you develop your painting by looking at primary and tertiary colours.

We shall be working from photographs - a subject of your own choosing. It is imperative that you take the photo, preferably someone you know or someone you find interesting. No flash! Click here for tips on photography…


Equipment all supplied.

Please email karl@rudziak.co.uk or message through facebook or twitter for to book or ask any questions.


IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LIGHT! It might be a friend, family member or somebody you see in the street, if you’re brave enough - always ask their permission before you start snapping.

Use a camera if you have one, if not a mobile phone or tablet will still do the job. If the picture is from a mobile print it out if you can, if from a tablet you can work from a screen.

If you are in broad daylight study the shadows on the face. If it’s cloudy the light will be diffused and uniform so move the subject into an area where the light is more dynamic. Glaring sunshine can be just as tricky, try taking the photo with reflective light of a bright background out of direct sunlight.

If indoors try and photograph your subjects head straight on or at a three quarter pose. Light them from the sides to accentuate the features. Stand or sit the subject adjacent to a window with one side of the head lit by daylight and the other lit by an internal light. If possible use a warm light close to the sitters head for a more interesting effect. See example below.

Essentially, study the light on the face until you get your desired effect.


The Old Royal Naval Club Studio is at the western end of the city’s four mile stretch of seafront in Old Portsmouth.

Public Transport
The Old Royal Naval Club Studio is easily reached by public transport: The Hard Interchange is a short walk away and offers bus, rail and coach links and a connection to the city’s Park & Ride.

There are a number of public car parks within walking distance of the Old Royal Naval Club Studio and a small number of metred spaces immediately outside on Pembroke Road.

Portsmouth is great for cycling – flat, compact and with great scenic rides along the coast. You can park your bike in the Old Royal Naval Club building.

Demonstration at Pallent House Gallery, Chichester.

Demonstration at Pallent House Gallery, Chichester.

I am available for demonstrations. I can paint a head over a timescale of your choice talking through my methods. I cover how and why I choose a subject, what preparations I go through before I embark on a painting. Then talk through the techniques I use and how they tie-in to the narrative of the painting.

Message me for more details and pricing.
I am also available for artist talks accompanied by a slideshow of my works. The theme can be specific to the venu and context i.e. educational, professional practice, but generally focusses on my history, practice methods and motivation.

Again, message me for more details and pricing.
Old Royal Naval Club, 17 Pembroke Road Old Portsmouth, Hants PO1 2NS
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