Freehand Drawings Services

I provide custom drawings of homes, pets, portraits & caricatures, and book illustrations. I love what I do, so I draw each illustration meticulously, capturing the personality of the subject.

The production process.

  1. Clients email several good quality photographs. The better the photograph, the more detail I can include. Good lighting is critical -- if your house is in shade, please tell me the exact color of the house. Direct sunlight is best; cedar shakes in shadow can appear to be vinyl siding, which is a completely different feeling altogether.  

  2. Clients give me a description of the subject -- tell me what it means to you, who the drawing is for, and the occasion. This helps me get a feel for the person, pet, or place that I'm drawing.

  3. I study the photographs and do a rough draft in pencil to set the basic layout of the drawing.

  4. The rough draft is scanned.

  5. I insert the jpeg file into a Word document and print that out.

  6. I add all the detail in pen & ink and Prismacolor markers, and Prismacolor pencils as I trace the printout.

  7. I then scan the final drawing and check that the colors, contrast, and composition capture the personality of the subject matter.

  8. It they don't, I adjust the original and scan it again.

  9. Steps 6 & 7 get repeated until the drawing is done.

  10. Finished project!


Because I'm drawing freehand, every drawing has imperfections. That's what makes freehand so much more original looking and personal than digital. I strive for absolute best quality, but not perfection. There's a saying about that: "Perfection is the enemy of the good." It's a good point -- in doing drawings and in life in general.


Full-color drawings are 8x10 and fit any standard frame with an 8x10 opening. 

Time turnaround and fee. 


Turnaround depends on the complexity of the drawing. It usually takes about a week and a half to complete a drawing. Fees start at $125. Email me a few pics for a proper cost estimate.

Poor resolution and diffused lighting in the 1st photo means important details are lost. Strong lighting in the photo of the 2nd home makes it easier to see detail.

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