Graphite on Bristol Smooth
I guess it’s safe to start posting my commissions that finally found their new home over the holidays.
This precious girl is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and her name is Moxie. The gentleman that commissioned me to do this drawing was very sweet, very easy to work with and loved the portrait:)
I have never drawn portraits for clients that were strangers and I found it terrifying. What if I can’t please them? What if they think my work is garbage? What if they get ugly with me? and on and on and on…
Then, I got to thinking. Every artist has their own style. I mean, I’m sure you can copy people, you know like replicate master works or the master artist’s technique, but make no mistake you’ll leave your own style. And mine is no different. I like realism BUT my strokes are not. If you look at my art from a distance it looks detailed and refined, but as you move closer to the piece it’s anything but. It’s mostly valued smudges… If it’s good or bad, I don’t know, but if the client sees your portfolio, 9 times out of 10 they know what they are getting and most importantly they love the way you draw.
Make no mistake, I was still terrified. But with the above way of thinking gave me the courage to take the portraits on. So if you are a newbie (like myself) find an avenue for potential clients to see your work ahead of time…like brochures or even carry your portfolio. Don’t leave it to a blog or website. It will take the sting out accepting that pet portrait!
Be Well and Happy!
3 thoughts on “Moxie Girl…”
Great comment and very true, I experienced that one last year too. I am not all that real either, my work doesn’t stand close scrutiny and I am glad. Otherwise it would take me twice as long and lose the spontaneity. I can only spend so long on a piece of work….Moxie looks great 😀
Another “walk off the paper” drawings. You can put so much meaning in eyes.
This is such good advice, Carol. I think each new step is terrifying, and I really appreciate the support and advice that I get by viewing other peoples’ processes. Love the dog, and the fact that your work can bring so much pleasure.