Saturday, September 28, 2013

Holiday Pet Portrait Season is Here - Make Great Custom Gifts!

My custom pencil portraits are one-of-a-kind works of art created using your photographs as reference material. I specialize in horse, dog and pet portraits, though you will see from the samples on my website that I also offer architectural (pen & ink) and family drawings. Pricing, contact and submission instructions may be found at my website portraits page: Pencil Portraits by Kelli Swan.

Custom Pencil Drawings and Pet Portraits by Kelli Swan

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My latest creative work is more in the realm of vector design than pencil drawing, but still inspired by one of my favorite subjects: horses! These color Dressage Horse Designs are now available on many products like mugs, shirts, iPhone/iPad cases and more through my cafepress and zazzle stores.

-- Dressage Horse Designs at CafePress

-- Dressage Horse Designs at Zazzle

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Read Artist Marketing Tips and Advice Online!

Artist Marketing Book by Kelli Swan: From Creating Art to Creating Income Too (2)
I am now offering the content of my book, “From Creating Art to Creating Income Too (2) - Marketing Tips for the Visual Artist” on my website for free! While you can still purchase the book in digital or print format at a very reasonable cost, if you’d like to read any or all of the content, you can do so now at: Artist Marketing Book by Kelli Swan.

On this page you will find links to purchase options, AND the TOC links where you can read each and every chapter on my website!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Doberman Pinscher Puppy Montage Drawing

Doberman Pinscher Puppy Art - Pencil Drawing by Kelli Swan
My latest drawing features a montage of Doberman Pinscher Puppies! I have titled it “Puppy Love.” The artwork is now available on prints, greeting cards and a number of gift items through CafePress and Zazzle. Click here to see order options! (My own dog McKenna was the model for this piece!)  :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

English Pointer Dog Pencil Portrait - "The English Major"

My latest pencil drawing is in the dog breed art category and features an English Pointer montage. I have titled the piece “The English Major”. My thanks to Vicki and her dog London for providing the fantastic inspiration for this drawing!

This artwork is now available in the form of prints, notecards and gift items. See English Pointer dog art page at my website for all order options. And if you are interested in Custom Pet Portraits in Pencil, please check out my other samples and pricing!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Pencil Drawing of Chincoteague Ponies Grooming

This new pencil drawing takes me back in the horse art realm. The piece features two Chincoteague Ponies grooming each other. I call it “The Groom”.  This piece is now available on prints, notecards and gift items like iPhone/iPad covers, t-shirts, mugs and more. [Click here for more information on this Pony Pencil Drawing and it's order options.]
(My sincerest thanks to Ken Conger for the photo reference used in this project!)

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Doberman Pinscher Puppy - Detailed Dog Pencil Drawing

My latest pencil drawing features one of my favorite subjects - Doberman Pinschers! This drawing shows the ornery look of a Doberman Pinscher puppy. The eyes and stance say it all! I have titled this piece: “Mischief ... Moi?

I'm now offering this Dobie artwork in black & white, and tinted with a red Doberman. It is available on prints, notecards, iPhone & iPad covers, t-shirts, mugs and more! For more information on my pencil drawings and portraits, just visit

Sunday, January 27, 2013

New website for Pencil Drawings by Kelli Swan

My main Pencil Drawings website has just undergone a complete redesign. It is now setup to be more easily viewed on mobile devices, and to help my customers more easily discover ways to purchase my artwork. Whereas the previous website was geared towards my limited edition prints, this new site allows customers to browse through my images and see the various purchase options available, such as limited edition prints, open edition & canvas prints, greeting cards and specialty gift items like iPhone/iPad cases, coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc.
The new site also incorporates new Lightbox Portfolio Galleries for viewing the samples of my Custom Pencil Pet Portraits in Pencil and Custom Pen & Ink Drawings of Homes and Churches. []

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Custom Pencil Portrait of 3 German Shepherd Dogs

This Custom Portrait of 3 German Shepherd Dogs was completed before Christmas 2012. An awesome assortment of pets ... including one handicapped dog in a "wheelchair." []

Portrait of Girl and Arabian Show Horse

Another new portrait completed for Christmas Season 2012. Black and White Pencil Montage of a lovely girl and her Arabian Horse. (

Pencil Portrait of Golfer Man

Another new portrait completed for Christmas Season 2012.  Black and White Pencil Montage Portrait of a Golfer. To see all of my work please visit Black and White Pencil Drawings by Kelli Swan!

Portrait of Jack Russell Dog in Pencil

This pencil drawing of the dog Bandit was completed just before Christmas 2012. Bandit, an awesome soul, crossed the Rainbow Bridge recently and his owners wanted a special memorial tribute to him. I was very honored to be chosen for this special project! See samples of my other Pet Portraits in Pencil at my main website.

Pen and Ink Church Drawing - Catholic Church Portrait

Here is a recent portrait I created of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Such a beautiful structure, and a pleasure to be chosen to provide a rendering of it for a special celebration! [More information on my custompen & ink portraits can be found on my Black and White Drawings Website.]

Recent Pencil Drawing: Mare and Foal Zebra Art

This pencil drawing is the next step in my new series of wildlife work. The adorable zebra foal caught my eye at the wildlife preserve, and as striped critters make such great drawings I found myself throughly inspired! Titled “Birth Marks” this artwork is now available in Limited Edition Prints. (It is sold matted to a non-standard frame size.) You can purchase these signed and numbered Zebra Art Prints on this site, or on my other site If you would like to purchase products with this zebra art, please see my customizable zebra art zazzle items or myzebra 

Wildlife Pencil Drawing: White Swan on Water

This recent pencil drawing takes me into a new genre of work – wildlife! I chose for my first piece this beautiful white swan – splashing its magnificent wing span on the water. Titled “Dreams Take Flight” this artwork is now available in Limited Edition Prints. You can purchase these signed and numbered Swan Art Prints in either black and white or tinted with color.
My sincerest thanks to Ken Conger ( for providing the reference photo for this drawing!