Triplex is inked in

Inked in

After the last 5 drawings, I can’t believe how quickly the inking went on this one.  No curves, no offsets, and no complicated shadowing or landscaping meant it went pretty fast.  Since the two main colors are gray and a rich yellow, I’ll have to add some reds and purples to the landscaping and parking area to enhance its appeal.  I enlarged the shrubs and added some flower baskets to soften the porches, too.  The building has some special meanings to the former owners and I would like to evoke fond memories for them.

Red brick in the mail

Red brick ranch

Red brick ranch

After several rounds of watercoloring, the brick ranch is finally finished.  The brick was a solid red with no variations which is always a little harder. There are no subtle color combinations to move the eye around the facade, so I had to use the shutters, quoins and set back entry to help do that.   Because this is only an 8×6 drawing, the smallish doorway got lost in the shadows of the porch.  I used a narrow white line to bring it back out.  I was rather pleased with the effect since the door had effectively disappeared and who doesn’t want to see the entry of their home.

It is off to its new home in Virginia, I think as a realtor gift.

 

Inking the Virginia house

Inked in

Inked in

Before I started the inking this one, I decided to adjust the placement of the house on the board. I lowered the skyline and added some of the gravel road to the bottom. I always try to leave extra space on the board when I place my initial drawing rectangle. Sometimes I have to move the building placement around after I start the drawing and it’s easier to adjust the borders if I have extra room that I can trim later.

This is turning out to be a cute ranch with attractive brick details, including the single row quoins and the soldier courses.  I like the circle top windows and the 9 panel grids.  They make the large expanse of windows a little more inviting.  I didn’t see that the doorway itself is slightly recessed from the covered porch area until I started the inking, but it is.  I’m ready for watercolors.

It’s off in the mail to California

Watercolor done

Watercolor done

The watercolor commission is finished and I sent it off in the mail yesterday.  It was an interesting house to color, what with all of the brick, pavers and stucco.  Shades of red and brown everywhere, with a few flowers in pots on the driveway for accents, made for a pretty little scene.  The flag was a nice touch, too.  It is a little different in that the house is grounded by the driveway pavers instead of the lawn and landscaping, but I am pleased with the way they turned out. I was a little worried about making all of the vanishing lines look good since there was a bit of variation in how the bricks were laid out, but that just added to the texture and allowed the eyes to move around the drawing.

I am onto the next one already.  It is more of a farm landscape with a white house and a red barn in the background.  You’ll see the pencil up in the next post.

Inked in ranch

Inked in

Inked in

Thanksgiving is over and the company has gone home.  I spent a couple of days inking this in, right before the holiday, and am now on the the watercolors.  The pavers turned out fine, which was my main concern.  All of those vanishing lines had to work out well or it would definitely. look off.  I must have drawn them at least 3 times before I inked.  The rest of the house is pretty simple with brick below and stucco above.  The landscaping with add nice greens to contrast with the re/brown tones of the house.  I think it is going to turn out well.

Another California commission

 

California ranch house

California ranch house

This one isn’t quite as quirky as the last one, but it is a gift for the grandparents of my client, so I am sure it holds just as many memories.  It has variegated red brick on the lower area and stucco above, with black shutters and off white trim.  The parking area is made of red pavers and that may be the hardest thing of all to draw.  A lot can get wonky with so many lines.  The inking has started and I expect to finish and get it in the mail right after Thanksgiving.

 

It’s off to California

California cabin

California cabin

I finished the little California cabin and it’s in the mail today. I am pretty pleased with the way the portrait turned out. The house seems to be a cozy place that the owners have put a lot of love into.  The trellis, climbing bougainvillea, and those cute yellow chairs are wonderful additions to the curbside appeal as well as the livability of the house.  They certainly add color and interest to a very simple house.  The recycled siding adds an aged look to a modern remodel.  The owners have worked hard to change a small, one room building into the lovely home of their dreams with thoughtful additions and landscaping.

I am already at work on the next Christmas gift portrait and expect to get another order very soon.  It is getting closer to the holiday season and I am always happy when people are proactive about their order request.  I hate turning someone down because it is too late to get it out in time.

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