Portrait Drawings Commissions

I had been busy with portrait drawings commissions lately. Most of the commissions came from the St. James Holiday Bazaar Annual Sales. Exposure is good!

These portraits were done with graphite and white charcoal on Strathmore Grey Toned Paper. They are sized 10 x 8 inches. Several photos were provided by the client with specific ones to based the drawings from.

Interested in getting a portrait like this done? Email me at marleneleeart@gmail.com.

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Sketching Buildings

One of my drawing weakness is sketching buildings. So I had been practicing in my Moleskine sketchbook (8 1/2 x 5 inches).

I started out using a Faber Castell artist pen in sepia. Most of my previous sketches had been in black ink but wanted a warmer and toned down color. Somewhat an antiquated look.

Then I discovered the TWSBI Fountain Pen while watching a youtube video by watercolorist and sketcher Peter Sheeler. For ink, Noodlers’ Lexington Grey. With the ink grey tone, the sketches seemed like they were done in pencil. Such a nice soft quality.

I’m up to building sketch #11.

 

Marla

My massage therapist house her room in a chiropractor’s office. She had allowed me to display some of my works in her room.  Recently I brought in some dog portraits paintings that I had done – 10 x 10 on gallery wrapped canvases. The whole office flocked over to look. Before I knew it I got commissions – two from the receptionist and one from the chiropractor.

Below is the chiropractor’s dog, Marla.

I went to the chiropractor’s farm to take photos of his dog. He was unable to provide a good photo. So trying to get a dog to pose is a bit challenging. Her master tried holding a bone in front of her and naturally she licked her chops. Our aim was to have nice lighting and her mouth close…but gave up. She wanted that bone. 🙂

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“Marla” 10 x 10 x 1 1/2 inches, oil
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“Marla” work-in-progress

Tiny Dog Paintings

Here’s the last three of the tiny paintings of dogs. The white chihuahua I met at a park. The sun was out and bright so when I took the photo she was looking away. The little brown dog is my chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix who was wearing her little rain jacket. She only wore it once. And the pug is another dog I met on the street who didn’t want her picture taken.

There are available for purchase at the Pence Gallery store in Davis.

Tiny Dog Portraits

Building up my collections of 3 x 3 inches dog portraits for the Pence Gallery Holiday Sales in Davis, coming up in three weeks.

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Little Dog Complex, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas
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Charley, 3 x 3 x 1/4 inches oil on canvas

International Festival 2017

Held Oct. 1 on a Sunday at Central Park, Davis. Another artist and I drew portraits for 35 people in 4 1/2 hours. It was a wonderful time. We chatted with our sitters and found so many different stories. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

Done mainly in pencils on Strathmore Toned Gray Paper. About 20 minutes each.

Here’s some of the drawings done.

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