Commission: Dan

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I was commissioned to create a portrait for a local man, Dan, who has been a
great friend to many, going beyond the call of duty, and has a sweet soul.
His friend (and mine) wanted it as a retirement gift.
Delighted, I gave it a go in watercolor and inks!

As it is surprise, I could not take photographs of him myself,
but found excellent images of him online.
The sheep were images of my friend’s pet sheep!

Outside my comfort zone, both in forms and in mediums, I enjoyed doing it!
I’ve done commissioned work before, in acrylic, which is very forgiving!
This was done in inks and watercolors.
Also, I am NOT a portraitist by nature, but
used to making up images in my crazy style.  It was a challenge.

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I created several sketches before I found a way to catch his sweet smile.
I also wanted to catch the slightly annoyed look on the sheep. . .

PS I confess to taking images before I was completely finished.
I tweaked it just a bit, adding color to his lips!
Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Super5 ink and Danial Smith watercolors.


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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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12 Responses to Commission: Dan

  1. Very nicely done Katie!! That’s an awesome smile!! You did a great job! He’ll love it! ❤️😃


  2. Dan Antion says:

    You do such wonderful work Kate, even when you step out of you comfort zone. I love it.


  3. bevlangby says:

    Fabulous job Kate I’m sure he will love it….


  4. christen ehlert says:

    I love your style! Glad you are recovering , I am sure it has been a process. Your work rocks!


  5. sandidureice says:

    Hi Kate,
    Congratulations on the commission.
    There is so much expression on Dan’s face, drawn with very few lines. I love his face. I remember you drew your husband a while ago with lots of character in his face too.
    Cheers, Sandi


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