Drawing a Family Portrait

Monday, August 30, 2010

I would like to show you a family portrait that I have recently drawn for one of my clients on the occasion of his anniversary. I was provided with two separate pictures as a reference to draw from (one with the couple and the other with their cute daughter).

I used pen and ink to draw the portrait of this sweet American family using my favorite cross-hatching drawing technique. The portrait was drawn on an A3 size paper sheet. I created a black & white and a color version of the family portrait. The portrait was colored with Adobe Photoshop software. Having been scanned and processed on the PC, the digital version of the portrait had a rather big size and resolution to make large high-quality prints of the portrait. I hope this artwork portraying a happy American family was a good birthday gift.

I also created a video showing how the family portrait had been made. The video might be interesting for those who love to watch an artist working. I was allowed to show these pictures and the video, so here they are:

Family Portrait (pics + video)


gift family portrait (wife, husband, daughter), ink portrait

American family portrait (birthday gift), couple and their kid


Related videos:
Drawing a young couple
Portrait of a grandma with a Chevrolet Bel Air
Drawing a custom greeting card

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Another Portrait of Robert E. Lee

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shortly after I had published my posts about the portraits of famous men created for Buffalo and Company, I was contacted by a man named Charles McDowell who really loved my portrait of Robert E. Lee (please, follow the link below this post to see this portrait). Charles was wondering if I could draw a portrait of General Robert E. Lee for him as well. So, I did. This time I used a painting of Robert E. Lee (not a photo as the first time) as a reference to draw a portrait of the General in my original style. The portrait was drawn with pen and ink on the A4 size paper sheet (8,3 x 11,7 inches / 21 x 29,7 cm.). Charles allowed me to show what I had come up with. So I included the low resolution copy of the portrait here as well as the Youtube video showing how the portrait was made.


Sometimes it’s not easy to find large enough portraits of famous people. Images with big resolution and size are rarely stored in the Internet. Therefore those who look for large portraits turn to such artists like me who are able to create large portraits using even medium-sized photos or paintings available online as references. After scanning, I’ve got a digital copy of the portrait (JPEG file) which I delivered to the client and which size will allow him to make rather large prints of this Robert E. Lee portrait.


My second portrait of Robert E. Lee


portrait of General Robert E. Lee



Related posts:
Portrait of Robert E. Lee created for Buffalo and Company
Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller
Portrait of General Stonewall Jackson

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