Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Custom Pencil Portrait of Teddy the Shih Tzu Dog


My final portrait portrait for 2011 features Teddy – an adorable Shih Tzu dog. I didn’t think I would make the Christmas deadline for this one, but owner Dan decided to order the portrait anyways. Due to a schedule change, I was able to get the portrait to him before the Holiday. WHEW!
Please visit my Custom Portraits Page for more samples of previous portraiture work along with pricing, terms, etc.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Pencil Portrait of a Rescued Dog in Sedona, AZ

This year I was contacted by Cher H. of Canada. She wanted to commission a portrait of her brother’s dog as a gift for his upcoming wedding. As the family is quite spread out, and they were all meeting in CA for the wedding, this made shipping the portrait and consequently carrying it in a suitcase problematic at best! Cher was delighted that I would supply a scan of the portrait so that she would have something to easily print out and transport as a gift. As the wedded couple lives Sedona, I was able to deliver the gift personally upon their return!

“Scooter” is a rather famous dog in Sedona, AZ. She was rescued by some wonderfully caring people in 2009. At the time, Scooter was giving birth to a litter of puppies … in the street! She has come to be loved by all who meet her, and I was so very honored to be chosen to create her portrait!

Please visit my Custom Portraits Page for more samples of previous portraiture work along with pricing, terms, etc.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Latest Pencil Portrait by Kelli - Husky Dog Pet Drawing

This summer I had the pleasure of creating a pencil portrait of “Smokey” the Husky dog. Talk about an expressive creature! His mom Tricia sent many wonderful photos which allowed me to come up with a composition she liked. The portrait turned out great, and evidently Smokey has a mind of his own as he sent me followup pictures expressing his joy at being immortalized LOL! 



Thursday, August 04, 2011

Using Print-on-Demand to Create Fine Art Prints


Emerging artists frequently ask the question: "How do I make print (reproductions) from my drawings [or paintings]?" This is often asked after numerous attempts at making reproductions - usually with disappointing results. Many artists think that finding a good printer is the problem, when in fact the secret is in the image preparation!

The key to getting good reproductions is the image scan & prep. You need to start with a top quality high-res image scan. This scan then needs to be edited for reproduction use via a program like Photoshop.  Once that is done, the rest is easy - you can have the end result file printed through a variety of outlets - a local printer, a print-on-demand website, etc. (My current favorite source for POD (print on demand) fine art prints is Fine Art America. I have a number of my open edition Horse, Dog and Cat prints available there now.)

Preparing images for reproduction is a specialized area, and what needs to be learned & understood could not be covered in a single blog post.  So, if you can find a local graphic designer that has a good scanner and specializes in pre-press work, that would help a lot. If not, you might try Fine Print Imaging.  They are based out of Colorado and can do just the scan, or the editing work and even the reproductions.  I used them once when I had a drawing too large for my scanner and their service was great.


Slide show courtesy of Fine Art America:

Art Prints

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Custom Drawing: Rodeo Cowgirl Barrel Racing

This is one of my recent Custom Pencil Drawings. The drawing scene depicts the rodeo/gymkhana event of Barrel Racing. Original Drawings makes great gifts! I create one-of-a-kind works of art using your photos as reference material. And while I specialize in pet portraits, you will see from the samples on my pencil portraits page that I also offer architectural and family drawings. Feel free to contact me any time for additional information.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Custom Pencil Drawing of Afghan Hound Dog

My latest custom pencil portrait is a montage drawing of an Afghan Hound. This piece was a joy to create as the client supplied many wonderful photos of this expressive animal from which to create the final art. Lori Draper, who ordered this portrait, said: “We gave this portrait to our sister as a birthday gift in memory of her dog, Muri.  He was a beautiful 4 year old Afghan Hound with lots of personality!”

I have updated my Custom Drawings and Portraits page to include Muri’s portrait. And new to the page is a Slide Show featuring a sampling of recent custom pet and family portraits!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New Thoroughbred Horse Racing Drawing by Kelli Swan

Thoroughbred Horse Race - Equine Art
My newest pencil drawing features a montage of race horses thundering down the stretch.
“The Thunder of Hooves” is now available as personally signed & numbered limited edition prints. This piece is also available on Horse racing MousepadsThoroughbred Mug, shirts, iPhone covers, magnets, totes and other items at my CafePress Store!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Open Edition Prints now available: Framed and Stretched Canvas Options!

Big News! I will now be offering a selection of horse, dog and landscape drawing as Open Edition Prints at Fine Art America. Several sizes are available for each piece of artwork. You may select a Framed Print or a Stretched Canvas Print. AND - you get multiple choices for frames, matting and paper! Each image may also be purchased in greeting card form. This store is a work in progress, so check back as new drawings will be added soon.

You can still purchase signed & numbered Limited Edition Prints of my artwork by visiting www.pencilplace.com: Horse and Dog Pencil Drawings and Portraits.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Black and White Horse & Dog Note Cards are back

I have received many requests to reprint my sold out horse and dog note cards. I'm happy to announce that I discovered an even better solution! Most of my sold out notecard designs are now available through a new Zazzle Store: Black and White Notecards of Horses and Dogs. The cards are available in two different sizes. AND – you have the ability to customize them! Add your own farm name, your favorite pet’s name, your personal address … whatever you like! Click here to see the new Black and White Note Cards store! Soon I will be adding my current images as well, so you can shop all black and white note cards in one place.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Custom Pencil Portrait of Woman and Horse | BW Drawing

My latest custom pencil portrait features a beautiful paint horse named Quinn with his owner Cindy. As a tribute to this very unique and gentle equine soul, Cindy decided to commission a custom drawing portraying their special relationship. Cindy and Quinn epitomize the extraordinary relationship that develops between women and horses! For prices and turnaround on my Custom Pencil Portraits, see Pencil Portraits in Black and White at pencilplace.com.