The finished child’s portrait


I have finished my son’s portrait and after letting it set for a while, I am happy with it.  This drawing of him at two pretty much reflects his personality – happy and enthusiastic about his life.  I still have the hardest time with mouths when I paint people, but this one is turned out okay after multiple adjustments.

I don’t have enough confidence to sell commission portraits of people, but I have enjoyed doing the ones of my family.  I think I’ll stick to the architectural and pet portraits for my online etsy store.

Portrait redone

Pencil sketch

Inked up

After I finished the all of kids’ portraits earlier this year, it was suggested I redo my son’s at a younger age to fit in better with the others.  We searched through the photos and I decided that this was appropriate because the wide smile is reminiscent of the one I did of my grandson.

They are both very smiley people with a great joy for life.

I redid my grandson’s portrait

Pencil in


I was never really happy with the first portrait I did of my grandson, so I decided to do another one.  He is almost two now and is such an expressive little boy.  The reference picture came from a local park where he was riding a rocking yellow duck and obviously having a great time.

I think this one came out much better.

A boy and his dog …. and a lollipop

After working on three rather large (for me) architecturals, I felt the need to do something else. I debated between using the last linoleum block I have, an animal portrait, or something floral but in the proper ratio for the print company.  The boy and his dog won out.  Its reference photo has been sitting on my table since I did the portrait of my daughter and ding-dong dog in July and I decided to do it now.

A boy and his dog

I am still playing a little bit with the ink on Brandy the dog.  I made her darker (and truer to her color) this time and perhaps lost some definition, so we’ll see. I’m pretty happy with my son’s part, but of course his face has its own issues.  I find portraiture to be one of the most difficult things for me to do.  Our brains are so hardwired to see faults in a facial depiction, that finding a good balance is hard.

I’ll bet that sucker was good at the time, though.  He had quite the nose for candy, especially if it were hidden.