I've always enjoyed experimenting with various media. Here's an early attempt at a watercolor portrait. (I cropped out the big X I painted at the bottom. Even back then, I knew this was not very good.)
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Earlier this year, I completed a painting of my client's two cats, Grady & Jynx. It was a fun little painting where we decided to "posterize" it as opposed to doing blended realism. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. My client enjoyed it so much that he contacted me to discuss another commission.
He sent me photos of his mom and we chose the one that would be best suited for a charcoal drawing. Drawing a portrait is very personal. Every detail is scrutinized in a way that doesn't typically happen in day-to-day life. When I draw someone, I feel like I get to know them. I read their expression to discover what's going on behind it. The more I know about my subject, the better I'll be able to depict her accurately.
Without prompting from me, my client shared this information:
"This picture is of my Mom when she was 19. She had taken a number of snapshots someplace, and this was one of them. On the back of one she wrote "As I Am, 11/15/1939". She had a wonderful spirit - loving, caring, but also witty and clever. She raised my brother and me by herself from 1958, when I was 4 and my brother 9. She and my dad divorced that year and she never re-married. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 96. She is the greatest person I've every known! Just a little back story that I thought you might like to know as you draw her."
It's so great when the title is giftwrapped like this. I feel honored to have gotten to know her.
This is a 16"x20" charcoal drawing on toned paper. It was completed on July 19, 2018.
Welcome and thank you for your interest in my work! I can't wait to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art for you. Below is a quick rundown of what you can expect when working with me. I know it may look like a lot, but it's mostly just boring (but necessary) details and paperwork. I'll handle most of the mundane stuff so that it's super easy for you and we can get to the fun stuff as quickly as possible! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
(Isn't that where the devil is?)
The initial consultation is free. We can discuss your project over the phone, through e-mail or preferably, in person. In order to provide you with an accurate quote, I will need the information outlined below. I may do a some very basic sketches or digital renderings to determine the intricacy of your desired style. Additional resources to help determine these details are available at http://www.shellydenning.com/faq.
For Freestanding Artwork and Murals
What size would you like your final artwork to be?
What is the subject of your artwork?
Do you have a photo to work from, or will additional design work be required?
In what artistic style would you like your artwork done? (examples include pop-art and photo-realism)
Does your project require any special materials like gold leaf or sealants?
On what surface would you like your artwork?
Do you have a deadline for your artwork?
For Freestanding Artwork Only
How will we be getting your artwork to you? Shipping and delivery will incur a fee, but you may pick your art up from my studio near Denton, Texas for free.
In what medium would you like your artwork done?
For Murals Only
Is your mural going to be indoors or outdoors?
How high up will your mural be painted?
Will it be on a ceiling?
Is the surface ready to be painted or will priming/repairs be required?
(The boring part. Yuck!)
Once I have a clear understanding of the above, I will send a Proposal that includes pricing and other information. If the price is acceptable, you will e-sign the agreement through the online signature request that will be sent to you.
If extensive designs are necessary, I may include a Non-Disclosure Agreement ensuring that my designs are not executed by another artist. This document must be e-signed as well prior to commencement of the design work.
I will then send an Invoice for your 50% deposit. Payment options are listed on the invoice. If you are unable to pay the entire 50% at the time, payment arrangements may be available.
With the Invoice, I will send an e-sign request with your Commission Agreement that outlines all financial and legal details surround the transaction.
Once complete, an invoice for the remaining 50% will be sent. If your item is to be shipped or delivered, these costs will be included on your invoice. If you are unable to pay the entire 50% at the time, payment arrangements may be available. (I believe everyone should have art around them and I'll work with you to help make this a reality for you!)
When the final payment is received, I will provide you with a receipt for the full amount paid.
Statement of Maintenance
A Statement of Maintenance outlining the products used and proper maintenance of your artwork will be provided.
THE ART PROCESS
(The fun stuff! And the reason you're here! Yay!)
My mockups are messy, but give you an idea of how your final artwork may look.
Once the deposit is received, I will provide basic drawings/designs, if required. When we've agreed on a final design, I will purchase any necessary items needed to complete your artwork and I will begin working. Throughout the process, I will share progress photos with you to ensure that the project is headed in the right direction.
I often record time lapse videos of my work and post them on YouTube. It's always fun to see your project come to life in a matter of minutes! If I do this for your project, I will send you the link when it's ready.
All art will be varnished for long-lasting protection from environmental factors and to make it easier to clean.
(I'd do it for free if I could, but I like to eat almost every day.)
Very general price lists are available at http://www.shellydenning.com/pricing. Your project may fall into one or between any two of these categories, depending on the factors outlined above.
Additional fees that may affect your quote include:
Design fee may be assessed if merging of photos or other design-related tasks are required. No design fee will apply if you provide a single photo on which to base the artwork. The rate for design varies between $50 and $1,000 and includes up to 3 initial designs and 3 revisions of one design. Additional revisions are available for $150 each.
Design modifications or additions made after the design has been accepted and work has begun may incur additional fees, depending on the scope of the changes.
If you do not currently have a photo from which to work, I may be able to arrange a quick photo shoot for an additional fee, provided that you are in my geographical area (Denton, TX).
Additional subjects (human or otherwise) will incur an additional charge. The rate is dependent on the number of subjects and size of the artwork.
Non-traditional surfaces may incur an additional fee. Please let me know if you wish to have your project completed on a surface other than standard gallery-wrapped canvas, Bristol Board (thick drawing paper), watercolor paper, charcoal paper or a finished wall (for murals).
I hope that this information has taken out some of the mystery and cleared up any questions you may have had about working with me. If not, just ask! I'm not scary (as long as I've had my coffee).
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