Illustration services & the production process
I do 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.
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. 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.
I study the photographs and do a rough draft in pencil to set the basic layout of the drawing.
I do the final drawing, adding in all the detail in pen & ink and Prismacolor markers, and Prismacolor pencils.
I then scan the final drawing and check that the colors, contrast, and composition capture the personality of the subject matter.
It they don't, I adjust the original and scan it again.
Steps 6 & 7 get repeated until the drawing is done.
Because I'm drawing freehand, every drawing has imperfections. That's what makes freehand so much more original looking and personal than digital. Full-color drawings are 8x10 and fit any standard frame with an 8x10 opening.
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.