Friday, December 18, 2009

New Blog for Pencil Art and Drawings

Greetings all!

This will likely be my last post on this blog. Future posts will be taking place at my new Pencil Art and Drawings blog on my website. This new blog structure allows me to separate posts into categories, like Artist Marketing Tips, tips on How to Draw, breaking news on my own pencil drawings and more. I will also be continuing my series on Featured Pencil Artists. There is even a store section which I currently have stocked with note cards! (And yes - new note cards are coming in 2010!)

This older blog will remain live for some time to come. So if you have an old post bookmarked - don't worry. It will still be here. However all the new stuff will happen elsewhere! :-)


Sunday, November 29, 2009

How to Draw - Selecting Your Drawing Paper

In a recent post we looked at the best pencils to use for pencil drawing. That is usually the question emerging artists ask when they decide to delve into pencil drawing more fully.

Ironically, even though there are a myriad of options when it comes to pencils, probably the single most important aspect of a quality drawing is not the pencils, but rather the paper.

Top quality, acid-free paper is essential if you want the best drawing results. Standard drawing paper has a poor-quality surface, and lacks the qualities needed to allow rich drawing development. Everyday papers also tend to have acidic qualities, which means they will yellow and/or discolor over time. (Think of old newspapers as an example - they turn yellow and discolor.)

You will also want to consider the surface of the paper. Most drawing surfaces have a slight texture, or “tooth” to them. These are usually known as vellum surfaces. Drawing paper is also available with an extremely smooth surface, which would be known as a plate surface. You can purchase drawing paper as actual paper, or in heavier weights known as bristol board. A sheet of bristol is heavy enough that both sides have suitable drawing surfaces. There are also illustration boards - these are heavier still, though only one side is suitable as a drawing surface.

As a general rule, most artists using pencil, charcoal or pastel will prefer the vellum surface. The texture in the paper provides some friction to the media applied, and thus allows for a greater range of effects. Smooth/plate surface paper is usually preferred by pen & ink artists as very clean lines can be achieved with such a surface. For myself, I prefer a bristol surface when drawing “living” subjects such as people or horse or dog drawings. I like the plate surface for more mechanical subject such as aviation drawings or historic home portraits.

In addition to the weight or thickness of the paper, you will want to consider brightness. Drawing papers come in a range of “whites.” Some are soft white and have an antique appearance. Others are off-white. My favorites are the brighter whites, as I feel I can obtain the greatest range of shadows on these papers.

For years my paper of choice has been the drawing paper is Strathmore 500. It’s bright white surface and acid-free/archival properties make it a superb choice for pencil drawing. Strathmore 500 is available in paper weight, bristol board and illustration board. I also like this paper as it is available in large sheets - up to 30"x40." My top two suppliers for this paper are and

Happy Sketching!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Featured Pencil Artist: Duane Lawrence

This article begins the first in a series of Featured Pencil Artists. Over the years I have been privileged to meet many fellow pencil artist friends, both personally and online. This blog will now broaden it's horizons by featuring the work of these wonderful artisans on a regular basis.

Duane has been drawing since he was very young. Just about every child draws, but at an early age Duane began to get responses from the adults in his life which indicated that perhaps his drawings were special.

He began with super heroes from the Marvel comic book collection and even thought he might become a comic book illustrator. But in his late teens he switched over to portraiture and began to explore the style that he employs today.

Duane took art classes in high school and college but soon after that all creations went dormant for a while. In fact, he did not put a drawing pencil to paper for many years. Several years ago he began to draw again, in earnest, and today there is always a work in progress.

Mr. Lawrence works in the "photorealist" style, similar to artists Chuck Close and Robert Bechtle who use photographs as reference material. These works are all hand drawn and are not conversions from photos by using any software rendering techniques (like Photoshop). Each drawing takes a great many hours to complete.
In addition to being an accomplished visual artist, Duane Lawrence is also a vocalist and professional voice-over artist!

Duane does accept commissions. To see more of his work and to learn about his many other creative talents, please visit Duane's website at: Pencil Drawings and Portraits by Duane Lawrence ( You can also email Duane at duanelawrence at duanelawrenceonline dot com.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Best Pencils to Use for Pencil Drawings

“What kind of pencils do you use?” I think this is one of the most common questions I have been asked over the years.

I often receive emails posing this question. Many emerging artists have tremendous talent. They know the time and energy that goes into a detailed drawing, and they want to use the best materials possible.

My answer to this question surprises some. For the most part, I use ordinary pencils purchased from an office supply store. I like mechanical pencils, as the leads are quite thin and thus give me a sharp point without wasted time sharpening and making a corresponding mess. The mechanical pencils are available in several thicknesses too. My favorites are the .5 and .7 thickness leads. Most mechanical pencils come with HB leads, though you can purchase several hardness levels separately, such as H, B and 2B. There are also .3 leads, though they are so thin that the lead is almost too fragile to use effectively.

I do 90% of my drawing with the HB pencil lead. Then, I use leads the B to 6B range to “punch out” the darkest areas of my drawing. See my Pencil Drawings Process page for an illustration of this effect. My two favorite art suppliers for pencils and pencil leads are DickBlick Art Supplies and Utrecht Art Supplies.

Another important aspect of pencil drawing is the type and quality of paper used. But I'll save that subject for another post!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Great Art Review on Kelli Swan's Horse Pencil Drawings!

Hey all!

The Artwach Blog just posted a delightful review of the Animal Instincts Art Show, of which I am a featured artist! I have six original pencil drawings of horses in this show, which will run for about another month. Included in the artwork I submitted are the following themes: dressage art, jumper, clydesdale draft horse art, harness racing, barrel racing and thoroughbred horse racing art. There's still time to stop by Gallery 6000 at Kent-Stark Campus to see the exhibit! Canton, Ohio - home of the Football Hall of Fame!

Friday, September 25, 2009 highlights Kelli's artwork

Fine artist Kelli Swan puts fine lines in her pups, ponies and people

100 hours, innumerable lines and infinite patience are standard issue for technical artists who are at home with pencil in hand. Every angle and curve must be scrutinized for depth, perspective and polish.

Thanks to for this article!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Doberman Art Book now Available for Purchase!

I am thrilled to share with you that the The History of the Doberman Pinscher as Depicted Through Collectibles, Art and Literature book is now available for purchase! And my Doberman Pinscher Drawing "Smile!" is featured in the beautiful pages within this book!

The total cost including shipping is $98 for US customers. This is a high-end book filled with beautiful photos and artwork. Please contact Karen (dobermanhistory at comcast dot net) to place your order!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Original Drawing sold to Jim Hartsock of Canton

I am happy to announce that lifetime Canton, Ohio resident Jim Hartsock has purchased my original Farrier artwork, titled "Trim and Fit." Jim knows Canton as few do, having spent his entire life here, including 36 years working for Republic Steel. He had horses himself, a passion which started with a trip to the Stark County Fairground years ago. Jim ultimately joined the Stark County Western Saddle Horse Association and enjoyed his horses with other like-minded souls. Mr. Hartsock found my work on display at the North Canton Medical Foundation, where the exhibit will continue until the end of September.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

HOT Off the Pencil Drawing Table:

My latest rodeo pencil drawing is long over due. Ever since creating the Bull Rider Rodeo Artwork, I've been asked again and againg to come up with a Barrel Racing theme. Well, finally, here it is! This Barrel Racer Cowgirl artwork was a great deal of FUN to draw! I'm glad I finally got this one to the drawing table. More rodeo pictures will be following soon!

I have my friend Deb Simon to thank over, and over, and over again for the use of her rodeo photographs and harness racing shots as reference material for my pencil drawings. Deb Simon Photography is the place to shop for Wildlife, Wild Bird and other nature photos!

This harness racing art drawing has also been on my "frequently requested" list! My other Standardbred horse prints are nearly sold out, so this piece is finished not a day too soon. This drawing features not so much an actual race, as the “dreams” of harness racing greatness. The horse mane swirling into the track emphasizes the dreams concept and gives the drawing a more whimsical style.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Memories of my trip to Dubai in 1999

While looking for new photos to use for Twitter & FaceBook ID's, I found pictures from my 1999 trip to Dubai. Wow - that was nearly 10 years ago now! My equine artwork was exhibited in the 3rd Annual Arab Horse Expo in Dubai. My Australian artist friend, Anna Maria Place, traveled with me across the globe to help me at this equine-themed trade show.

The Horse Expo was a successful event, and we met horse enthusiasts from around the world. One of my best original drawings, "Clean Round," sold to a customer from Germany. While the trip focused mostly on work, Anna Maria and I made the most of our time there and took in as many tourist activities as possible. Those activities included a Dhow Cruise, a shopping trip to the Gold Souks in Dubai City Centre and a Desert Safari trip in jeeps. We even stopped in Amsterdam for a day on the way home.

The Burj Al Arab was just being completed while we were in Dubai. This was before much of the rest of the world heard about it! We were fortunate enough to be treated to a private tour of one of the racing stables. Among other things, we watched as horses did their therapeutic workouts in a 1/4 mile swimming pool! Anna Maria and I also attended a fund-raiser dinner as part of a golf event, where several of my donated works were auctioned to a wonderful supportive crowd. These pictures sure brought back some great memories - it was the trip of a lifetime!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kelli's Pencil Drawings are now on Exhibit at the North Canton Medical Foundation

Throughout the summer, you can find my original pencil drawings and limited edition prints on display at the Health Education Building of the North Canton Medical Foundation. The North Canton Medical Foundation is one of the largest independent public healthcare foundations in Ohio, and the only one in the nation with a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) designation. Founded by Dr. Ralph Warburton, the facility has been open since 1972.

Located in North Canton, Ohio, the Foundation encompasses two buildings which include a Medical Center and A Health Education Center. Satellite offices which provide internal medicine and/or specialized healthcare services are located in Bolivar, Canton South, North Canton and Massillon.

Though a wide range of medical services are offered, the Foundation is more than just a high tech medical facility. Through their success and the continued support of faithful contributors, they are able to offer programs which benefit patients. Surplus revenue is reinvested into funds to assist those in need and to provide education programs that enhance the quality of life in the community. These programs include, but are not limited to: Charitable Medical Clinics, Prescription Assistance Program, Health Education Library, Community Education Programs, Health Fairs and Clinics and Physician Training.

The Health Education Center building, where my work is on display, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:00-1:00. Artwork will be on display through September. All framed works are for sale, and brochures are available.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

New site for my "Other" Black and White Pencil Drawings

I just created a new website to help spread the word about my "other" pencil drawings! As much of my site is dedicated to, and optimized for, horse drawings and dog drawings, I thought it might be a good idea to create a separate, smaller site to make mention of my "other" drawing creations.

These drawings include historic towns & buildings, vintage aviation (biplanes) and vintage automotive artwork. The new site is called Several of these pieces were commissions for towns or businesses. Other pieces were original creations of my own inspirations.

I currently have several sample pencil drawings posted on the site, including the National First Ladies Library in Canton, Ohio - a drawing which the Library now uses for its promotional items in the gift store. Other drawings include: The Old Stage Coach Inn from Brecksville, Ohio, vintage Corvette drawings, and vintage biplanes such as the Stearman and Waco models.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pencil Drawing of "Ben" - Pet Memorial Portrait

My latest pet portrait is a pencil drawing of a dog known as "Ben." Big Ben crossed over the Rainbow Bridge this year, and his owner's kind friend decided that a pencil portrait would make a lovely memorial. Ben was a delightful subject, and I can tell he will surely be greatly missed.

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Clydesdale Horse Drawing - Inspired by You-Know-Who!

My latest pencil drawing, titled “Crowd Pleasers,” was inspired by a recent visit of the Budweiser Draft Horse Hitch. It seemed much of the town of Canton turned out to see these gentle giants! Getting photographs was a real challenge, as people surrounded the horses from the moment the critters came off their trailers. I was fortunate to have a wonderful art patron who agreed to let me use some of her shots to create this drawing. Thanks Mary!

I now have Limited Edition Prints ready for sale. The prints are available in black & white, or hand-tinted with color highlights. If you would like to purchase one of these prints, just click here or a direct link to the web page: Clydesdale Horses art print.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Website for Kelli Swan

Well, I supposed I could now officially be called an "Internet Junkie!" Last week I attended the Tuscawaras County Mac User Group and saw a wonderful presentation on iWeb. Inspired by what I saw, and having had too much coffee, I proceeded to order my upgrade to iLife '09 that day! And boy, has this software ever been fun! (Like I needed more software toys after getting the hang of Dreamweaver and Adobe CS4!)

To test out this '09 package, I created a new website as an introduction to my fine art Pencil Drawings of Horses and Dogs:

iWeb has some nifty features, such as the ability to make Albums for portfolio images. In my case, I utilized two albums to separate out my horse and dog artwork samples.

And with the new iPhoto capabilities I was able to create a short slide show - with music! All it took was a few minutes of photo-prep, create the slide show in iPhoto, export and drag into iWeb. Lots of fun and not much time at all! My little slide show can be found under the "Latest Pencil Drawings" tab.

While iWeb is lots of fun, and a great Sunday project, I found through trial and error that SEO is a bit of a challenge. After a quick Google search, I found a blog post on SEO for iWeb, which helped a great deal. Setting up html navigation to replace iWeb's default navigation should help. I'll also be refining text content as time goes on.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

See Kelli's Pencil Drawings at Woofstock!

This year I will have my original pencil drawings and limited edition prints on display at Woofstock, which is hosted by PBS Animal Health in Massillon, Ohio. Woofstock will be held on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Stop by to see my latest work or just to talk about a custom pet portrait!

There will be several exhibitors and pet products galore! The highlight of the day is the Dog Wash, with proceeds going to benefit the Stark County Dog Pound. Michael Nicolette, DVM, will also be on hand with mini-seminars on pet care. Topics to be covered include:

10:30-10:45: Heartworm Prevention
11:00-11:15: Senior Dog Care
11:30-11:45: Pet Nutrition/Healthy Weight
12:00-12:15: Puppy Care
1:00-1:15: Heartworm Prevention
1:30-2:45: Dog Vaccines and Deworming

AND, with any PBS store purchase you will receive a ticket to enter the Raffle Basket Contest! PBS Animal Health is located at 2780 Richville Drive SE, Massillon, OH 44646. (330) 834-9252.

Please note that all visiting dogs and dogs taking part in the Dog Wash must be up-to-date on shots and on a leash. Owners are responsible for their dogs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Budweiser Clydesdale are coming to Canton, Ohio!


The Clydesdales are coming to Canton, Ohio. They’re bringing their state-of-the art trailers, their expertly trained handlers, their 1903 Studebaker beer wagon and their unmistakable beauty and charm to the downtown arts celebration known as First Friday, on Friday, June 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in the downtown Canton Arts District.

Rock stars of the equestrian world; the Budweiser Clydesdales are transported in style and cause a sensation of delight wherever they travel. This is more than 100,000 miles a year, throughout the United States and away from their home in St. Louis, Missouri. Their June 5 stop in Canton, Ohio is made possible through the Downtown Special Improvement District and ArtsinStark, the county arts council.  

With origins in Scotland, it was the breed’s hauling power and confident style that attracted North Americans to the Clydesdale. In fact, in the early days of brewing, it was said that a brewer’s success was directly related to how far his draft horses could pull a load in one day. Thus, the Clydesdales became the natural icon for the “king of beers.”
But not every Clydesdale can make the cut.

To qualify for the world-famous, eight-horse hitch, a Budweiser Clydesdale must stand 18 hands high (about 6 feet) at the shoulder when fully mature, and weight approximately 2,000 pounds. They must be geldings, bay in color, have four white stockings and a blaze of white on the face, as well as a black mane and tail. A gentle temperament also is important, as hitch horses meet millions of people each year. And, they often have a short name, like Duke, Captain, Mark. And of course, Bud.

The Budweiser Clydesdales and their own mascot Dalmatian will be travel through the Arts District delivering kegs to downtown restaurants beginning at 5:30 p.m. Following that from 6:30-8:00 p.m., they will be hitched to their wagon in the Kresge green space, at the corner of Market Avenue North and Fourth Street N for photos with the public and posing for a live painting demonstration by Sue Steiner of White Horse Studio ( Steiner’s studio at Second April Galerie (324 Cleveland Ave NW) will feature equine art this month. Artist Kelli Swan, whose work was featured as a limited edition print in the official 2009 Kentucky Derby celebration, will show her graphite equine artworks at the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild (338 4th St. NW, Canton). See more

First Friday is a celebration of live music, local art, downtown dining and more -- sponsored by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District in cooperation with ArtsinStark, the County Arts Council. For more information, please visit

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Kelli's Horse Pencil Drawing to be Featured in the 2009 Kentucky Derby Celebration

My equine artwork will soon be part of Kentucky Derby history! This year the Louisville Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kentucky contacted me to order an exclusive line of 350 Derby-theme, limited edition prints. Each print has been personally signed, numbered and titled. The prints will become special commemorative gifts – to be given to guests of the Hyatt Regency on Derby weekend 2009.

I created the artwork, titled “Derby Dreams,” as a pencil drawing in my signature montage style. This layered drawing technique, combined with the classic look of black & white pencil drawing, makes my approach to horse artwork truly unique in the world of Equine Art. The original drawing has been framed by the Hyatt and will be on display in the lobby throughout the week of Derby events. The artwork will then become part of the Hyatt’s permanent collection.

I am so very grateful to Karen Patsfield, Executive Administrative Assistant of the Hyatt Regency, for being so wonderful to work with. Karen's organizational skills and management abilities made this large project a joyful process from start to finish. Guests of the Hyatt no doubt enjoy all of the attention to detail from such a fine staff!

I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Deb Simon Photography. Deb kindly allowed me to use some of her horse photography as partial reference material for this project. Thank you once again Deb!

Friday, April 17, 2009

New website design is now live - Psychologist Dr. Delphi Toth

I have another new website design that is now active. This site was designed for Clinical Psychologist Dr. Delphi Toth, serving Cleveland, Akron and Canton Ohio. Dr. Delphi Toth - Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist offers psychotherapy, life coaching and other counseling services.

If you would like to see more websites that I have designed, as well as samples of my other Graphic Design Services, please visit: Websites for Psychologists and Natural Health Alternatives..

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Equinest Interview with Kelli Swan

I am thrilled to announce that I am the current Featured Horse Artist Interview with The! This interview was just posted on April 10 -- take a look when you get a chance! The Equinest is a website about all things horse, written by Paige Filler.

To find out more about Paige, her passion for Equines and the many horse related topics on her website, please visit the About The Equinest page.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Agility Note Cards now available from J & J Dog Supply

J&J Dog Supplies has purchased my entire stock of Agility Note Cards. You can now purchase these note card packs, along with other Agility items, directly from their website:

This great dog supply business carries nearly everything you can think of for Dog Agility. There are Agility course supplies, Christmas Gifts with Agility themes, pet memorials, supplements and so much more!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

New website design for the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild

My most recent website design is now uploaded and active! This site was designed for the Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild, based in Canton, Ohio. The OACG mission is to preserve, promote and develop fine arts, performing arts and crafts in the state of Ohio.

If you would like to see more websites that I have designed, as well as samples of my other Graphic Design Services, please visit my: Graphic Design Services at

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

New Thoroughbred Horse Racing Art

I have just released two new Limited Edition Prints, thanks to the completion of two new Pencil Drawings of Horse Racing.

The first piece is titled "Odds Are..." and features a full field of race horses just breaking out of the starting gate. There are several favorites in the pack, and three of those are highlighted as shown here. The print is available hand-tinted as shown, or in its original black & white form.

The second piece may be seen as a companion to the "Odds Are..." print and features three race horses in a neck and neck race to the finish. It is titled "Neck and Neck." (of course!) This print is also available hand-tinted as shown, or in its original black & white form.

Both of these prints are now available from the Horse Racing Art area my website. I also have these images available through my CafePress store. Through the Horse Racing Gifts link you will find the artwork on mugs, totes, shirts and more.

My thanks and heartfelt gratitude go to Deb Simon, who was kind enough to let me use her photography as reference material for these pieces.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Raising Money for Pet Rescues

Hi all!

I found this blog post through “twittering.” Romeo and Pugsley send donations to a different animal rescue each month. You can write in and nominate your favorite choice! (Of course I nominated North Coast Doberman Rescue!)

“Romeo” is a proud two-time rescue cat raising money for animal rescues! Follow him on Twitter and he'll donate 5 cents per follower. He is also looking for matching donations and sponsors. You can also contact him at: goodboyromeo at gmail dot com.


Photo: My dog Capone at the Painted Desert in Arizona.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

HorseFest 2009 to use Kelli’s art for Program Cover

Lake Metropark's Farmpark will be holding the 2009 HorseFest on May 16 & 17 in Kirtland, Ohio.

In honor of their newly acquired Friesian horse “Thiadrik,” the Farmpark has asked to use my artwork “The Friesian Horse” for this year’s event program cover. I have worked with the Farmpark many times through the years, and am always honored when they ask to use my horse or dog artwork for their events.

HorseFest 2009
Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17

Discover the magical beauty of horses at Lake Metroparks Farmpark’s HorseFest 2009!

Featured guest Clay Maier, known for his Friesian Spectacular performance of tandem riding. Meet Lake Metroparks own Friesian horse, Thiadrik, the newest member to Farmpark’s equine family. HorseFest showcases many different breeds, riding disciplines and uses for these versatile animals. The event will include: Mounted Unit team and individual competition, driving breeds, dressage, jumping, exhibitors, pony rides ($3), children’s activities, and much more! For information call 440-256-2122 or 1-800-366-FARM (3276)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Pencil Drawing by Kelli Swan - Thoroughbred Horse Portrait

“Ready, Set ... GO!”

The title just about sums it up! The title of this new drawing and the look in the horse’s eye seem to go hand-in-hand. The original drawing is "hot off the pencil” so to speak, and Limited Edition Prints are already available! My thanks and heartfelt gratitude go to Deb Simon, who was kind enough to let me use her photography as reference material for this piece.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Deb Simon's Photography to be featured at Yellow Springs!

It is my pleasure to share with you the following post about an extraordinary upcoming art exhibit. My dear friend, Photographer Deb Simon, will be the featured artist at the Glen Helen Ecology Institute in Yellow Springs Ohio. This show will run throughout the months of March and April 2009. And please join Deb on Friday March 20th, from 6 to 8 PM for the formal opening and reception!

Deb will have over 90 professionally framed photos at this gallery exhibit - the majority are being unveiled for the very first time. 20% of the proceeds will go towards the preservation of Glen Helen’s breathtaking and historical nature preserve. The gallery is in the Glen Helen building that houses the administrative offices & gift shop 405 Corry Street Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387 adjacent to the Nature Center. (Click here for Google Map to the event.)

The opening event will be catered with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. And to add to the excitement, this is also the date of the Yellow Springs “Spring Fling” event. Loads of additional activities will be going on in the lively and unique village that evening including local shops that will be open late, live musical entertainment, and other neat things to do.

For a preview of Deb Simon’s Photography, check out her new website: Photographs by Deb Simon: Wildlife photos, floral prints, dog pictures and horse photographs. The site is still under construction, and thus far it includes 30 or so images. More are coming soon!

Deb’s work is truly stunning. One testament to her talents and abilities is the fact that the Cincinnati Zoo has recently announced that they will be using many of her photos for their publicity! Deb has been kind enough to allow me to use some of her equine images as reference for pencil drawings. I am eternally grateful for this grand gesture from such a talented artist!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Adopt-a-Foal is now selling Kelli’s Note Cards

Adopt-a-Foal & Equine Rescue, Inc. is now offering a selection of my note cards for sale. Please consider supporting this noteworthy cause. If nothing else, you will enjoy a visit to their newly designed website. It is a pleasure to look at all of the beautiful foals and read about the adoption successes! My note cards can be found on their horse art mercantile page.

Adopt-A-Foal & Equine Rescue, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to reducing the suffering and senseless slaughter of orphaned, neglected and/or abused foals and horses in the United States. They are a non-salary based, non-profit organization which means 100% of any donation will go to the benefit of the foals/equine that they offer for adoption. AAFER, Inc. is recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity by the US Department of Treasury-IRS. Their corporate headquarters is in Magnolia, Texas.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kelli’s Doberman Drawing to be Featured in Upcoming Book

I am thrilled to announce that my Doberman Pinscher Pencil Drawing “Smile” will be one of the featured pieces of art in the upcoming book, “The History of the Doberman Pinscher as Depicted through Collectibles, Art and Literature” My gratitude and thanks to Karen Moore and Ann Lanier for extending the honor of including my artwork appear in this wonderful Doberman Lover Art Book!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Marketing Pencil Drawings and other 2D Artwork on Products

Sell Your Pencil Drawings and other 2D artwork on something besides Paper!

While the mainstay of my business is my two dimensional art such as original pencil drawings, limited edition prints and note cards, I have found that putting my images on products is a great way to broaden the audience for my work.

Several years ago I set up a CafePress store so that I could sell my horse and dog drawings on shirts, mugs, totes and other items. While the store was somewhat time-consuming to set up, I have been quite happy with the results. And in the past couple of years CafePress has made tremendous improvements to their site, making it much easier to navigate and use.

It is important to know something about electronic image preparation before uploading artwork files. Most importantly, the file needs to be hi-resolution, which means at least 300dpi when printed at the largest reproduction size you plan to use. Effective resolution will be less if you start with a small file (say 2" wide) later try to reproduce the image at a larger size (say 6" wide).

I scan all of my artwork images as native Photoshop files. I then do any clean-up and/or image editing required. Once I am done, I re-save the file in jpg format, using the lowest compression option available. (Higher compression makes for a smaller files size, but more lost image data.)

When I design graphics that utilize vector art and lots of white background area, I generally save the file in the png format. This format has smoother gradients and leaves a nice, clean, white edge around the graphic.

CafePress has many wonderful help pages. For more on preparing your images for reproduction on products, you may want to visit their Beginners Image Workshop.