Second of the commission set

Pencil

Commission two is now ready for the watercolors.  This one had lots of interest with the flowerbeds and the raised porch. The client wanted a small wagon and some bent wood furniture to show through the  railings.  This is never easy as I usually have to try and keep the spindles a semblance of white against the darker porch area.

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Jayden’s portrait

Jayden’s portrait

After spending Jayden’s birthday with him, I decided that the next thing to do in the studio might be a portrait  of him.  As you might know, I rarely to portraits of people, but I thought this might be an exception.  I have done self portraits and a few of my kids with their pets, but that is about all.  I’ve never accepted a commission for one, even though I’ve been asked.  People are hard and while I can experiment on my own and have it wnd up in the circular file, I am not confident enough to accept outside work where someone is counting on it as a gift or remembrance.

I feel okay about this.  It’s not great, but it’s not too bad.  The mouth seems a bit off to me.  Sometimes that’s what happens.  I may try again next year around his birthday again.

Kurt, colored

Kurt the cat

Kurt has been watercolored and sent to his new home.  As befitting his fat and surly personality, it took him five days to arrive, even though posted with priority mail.  I think I got the eyes squinty enough to indicate his peevishness.  The fatness is not so apparent since he is laying down, but I bet he parks himself in that chair for extended periods of time.

The client was pleased and says he has one more cat for me to do.  I’ll have to wait for his pictures though, as Digi is said to be photo-phobic.

The commission house is complete

All done

I finished the last commission and it has arrived in its new home.  I neglected to take a final, final photo for some reason.  I guess I just forgot in the attempt to get it out and now it is too late.  This is pretty close though.  I had added more depth to the shadows and a bit more color to the landscaping and the little squirrel.  I forgot to add some color to his tail and just saw it.   My photography never looks as good as the real thing which is why I always hesitate to send the client much more than pencil previews.  Besides, that would ruin the wow factor I hope for when the package is opened.

Up next is Peiper the dog’s house mate Kurt, the cat.  The client liked the first pet portrait so much, he decided that Kurt needed his own.  He was described ans fat and surly, so I hope I can capture that.

Inked commission

Inked house

After 2+ days, I’ve finished the inking.  There is some nice landscaping to add color and a red door and shutters to pop the beige facade.  It will take a few extra days for the watercolors because of the size of the drawing, but it should go out this week in plenty of time for the celebration.

New commission pencil up

pencil up

Just as I was finishing up the Greencastle streetscape, got a new commission.  This will be a gift from two daughters to their parents of the house they grew up in and is now sold.  She asked me to add a wheelbarrow planter to the yard, a pumpkin on the stairs, and a squirrel to the yard.  All easily done, even though my personal history with squirrels is pretty shaky.  LOL This is a horizontal siding house with asphalt shingles.  The landscaping and window treatments  will make it quite pleasing to the eye.  It’s bigger than my last few at 14″ x 9″.  Gift giving season has started for me.  I have a pet portrait in the wings.

Green castle inked

Green castle inked

It took a while, but I finished inking the Greencastle storefronts.  This has a nice mix of brick and stone with wooden accents around the doors and windows.  That detail under the overhang took quite a long time to ink, but it sure adds to the buildings’ character.  So many colors to paint there.  I’m glad that I wasn’t the one who had to  get up under the eaves and do it.  So unique to small towns, don’t you think?

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