Rakarich enjoys meeting the individual, if possible, and getting to know a bit about them personally. Rakarich likes to incorporate small hints or clues into the portrait that will make the final piece less stoic and more personal. Next, the artist prefer to take pictures of the subject to work from. The reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, no one has the patience to sit for 8-10 hours while being painted. Secondly, many times the photos that are submitted as reference lack specific details that are needed for an accurate finished product.