Author Archives: theartist

What if I’m not totally satisfied with my drawing?

This rarely happens (actually, never. that I know of), but no worries, I stand by my guarantee that you’ll not just like it, but you’ll love it. If you don’t, I’ll draw it again. I’ll keep you informed with email updates of your portrait every step of the way and you can email me with…

On my easel: a magazine ad

I can hardly believe I’m going to show you this. But I’m keeping it real. I’m not a really neat person. ESPECIALLY when it comes to working on my art. I’m a mess. Stuff goes everywhere. Now you can see that all of my tools aren’t so neatly laid out when I’m actually drawing. I…

How I Draw a Portrait: Layout

When I begin drawing a portrait, I start by drafting a very light outline to place all the features. But before I can do that, I’ve got to get the reference photo edited so I know what the final drawing will look like. I mentioned before that I can edit a photograph if there are…

How I draw a portrait: Tools and Materials

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One of the things I love most about graphite portraits is how fast you can jump right in and start drawing. There are only a few small materials you need and they are all pretty portable. So portable that before I moved to China, I could be often found around Greenville at one of my…

How to pick out paint colors you’ll love

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If you have a home, you’ve probably decided to paint the walls a time or two. Or twelve, if you’re like me. And why not? I don’t think there is a cheaper way to give a room a fresh look. But how do you pick out a color that you’ll love the first time around….

Do you offer framing options with your portraits?

Not at this time. I think framing often depends so much on personal preference and the style of your home. The portraits are a classic style that look good in both traditional and modern frames. With so many options and price ranges out there, I think it is best to leave it up to you…

Want one?

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So now you’re in love and you must have one of these. You know your kid is the cutest thing on earth and will make the most beautiful portrait ever drawn. What next? There are 4 simple steps to ordering your own hand-drawn portrait. Here’s how to order. If you need help choosing a reference…

How to choose the best photograph for your hand drawn portrait

Choosing the perfect photograph for your portrait can be a little nerve-racking but it doesn’t need to be. Don’t stress about choosing a perfect photo, just choose one that captures your child’s personality and we can make it work from there. Expression is key When children are young it’s really hard to get those great…