Monday, July 27, 2015

family portraits - before and after - sketch process

These are some of the recent family portraits I have drawn. I have started to take pictures during the process. Sometimes I send the customer a quick picture of the portrait after I sketch it to get their approval before I add pen and finish editing on my computer. Lots easier to change anything (hair style, etc) when it's still just pencil.) To see the full process from beginning to end check out this post. 

But mostly I love to take pictures during the process to see the before and after. Sometimes I love the pencil drawing even more than the "after" picture. :)



This simple family picture is one of my favorites. 


Another one of my favorites ever (yes, I have lots of favorites)



I took this picture after I added pen to the sketch. 


I LOVE when a client sends me a picture of their finished portrait in a frame. This sweet family was celebrating the dad's graduation from pharmacy school. They had a big party with this picture as a display. Lots of fun decorations, including candy inside prescription bottles. Ha ha, looked so awesome. 

One of my favorite families. Their beloved cow made it in the picture. 


I loved the challenge of fitting 22 people, 3 chickens, 1 fish, 1 bird, 1 stuffed shark animal and lots of fun inside jokes in this picture.



Um . . . sometimes the whole family doesn't fit on one piece of paper. Oops. 


But they eventually all made it in. :)

I love to draw portraits of people I know. Love this rad family.




Quite a few of my orders recently have been gifts for grandparents, a way to have a picture of everyone together when they can't all gather together in person. I hope these new grandparents enjoyed this portrait. 


I have changed my pricing on my etsy shop. I kept going back and forth wanting to offer a reasonable price but also enough to cover the time I spend working. The price is based on how many people are in the portrait. :)

Thanks to these sweet families for letting me share their portraits. 



Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Paper Puppets FREE (Space Robots, Pirates, Cowboys, Fairies & Mermaids)

One of my first posts ever I shared some Pirate, Cowboy & Fairy paper puppets. It has become my most popular post with over 16,000 views. Wow. Thanks mom for viewing all those times. :).

I have since slightly edited the puppets, and made them a little better quality to download. Click on picture to download to your computer or click on links to download JPEG or PDF.

**Note: I sometimes do craft fairs (if you see me - wave, I'm super nervous at them) and I sell these paper puppets. You might be thinking, "What? They are free on her website!" I don't charge much, just enough cover the price to print in color and laminate. There are some people who want to save time and ink and pay a little for the kit. Just wanted to clarify. :) 

Thanks for your support of this silly hobby of mine. To say thanks, I added some Space Robots. Whoot - Whoot!

Click here to download Space Robots in color JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Space Robots coloring page JPEG or PDF

 Click here to download Pirates in color JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Cowboys & Robbers in color JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Sweet Fairies in color JPEG or PDF


Click here to download Mermaid Tales in color JPEG or PDF


And if you are an ink hog like me and don't print often in color, here are some black & white coloring pages your children can color. Even more fun!


Click here to download Pirates coloring page in JPEG or PDF

Click here to download Cowboys & Robbers coloring page in JPEG or PDF
  

Click here to download Sweet Fairies coloring page in JPEG or PDF


 Click here to download Mermaid Tales coloring page in JPEG or PDF


Thanks again for your support, I love seeing where these little paper puppets end up. Send me a picture or post a picture with hashtag #springtimedoodles