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Types of Portraits:
"LITTLE JEWEL"

ABOUT

Little Jewels are a special type of portrait that were created to solve two challenges:

•  Clients who want to stay within a limited budget.

•  Reference photos that are too blurry or poor-quality to see detail.

Fine art portrait of a young girl, a head study done in colored pencil

I call them Little Jewels because they are small (like little precious gems) and often have splashes of bright, jewel-like colors in the pencil work. The small size and the quick, loose pencil strokes allow me to keep the cost down. They are also "no frills", they don't come with the extras that my other portrait types do, like notecards.

Fine art portrait of a Schnauzer, a head study done in colored pencil

Little Jewels are a popular choice for portraits purchased as gifts.

WHY YOUR REFERENCE PHOTOS MATTER

My portrait style is very detailed. If the photo I'm working from is blurry, I can't capture much detail in the portrait. Here's an example of a photo with a lot of clear detail, and one without. Both are photos that clients wanted to use for a portrait. The blurry photo was the only photo the client had of a beloved dog who was gone.

A photo with good detail

Good reference photo of a red Dobeman with sharp detail

Photo by Tammy Del Conte

A photo with poor detail

Blurry reference photo of a red Dobeman with poor detail

LITTLE JEWEL portrait to the rescue!
I can work in a looser style that results in a beautiful portrait, even if you have blurry photos!

"Little Jewel" colored pencil portrait of red Doberman on green grass
Close-up of "Little Jewel" colored pencil portrait of red Doberman on green grass

This portrait was done from the blurry photo above.

Click the portrait to see a close-up of the Little Jewel style.

THE "LITTLE JEWEL" STYLE

In addition to being done in a looser, impressionist style, Little Jewels have dashes of bright, jewel-like colors in them.

That can be an appealing style for a portrait, even if your reference photo has good detail. Here are two examples of the bright, jewel-like colors in my Little Jewel portraits. (Zoom in or view on a large screen.)

Close-up of "Little Jewel"-style portrait of two Dobermans

Blues and purples (and a spot of turquoise) in the black coats of these two Dobermans.
Yellow, orange, and red in their rust markings.
Who knew Dobermans had such colors in them!

Close-up of "Little Jewel"-style portrait of a Poodle

A Poodle with all sorts of jewel colors in his blonde coat.

SIZE - "like little precious gems"

My flat rate of $400 for a Little Jewel is part of my intention to create a portrait type that is affordable to anyone. I choose the size that "feels right to my hand" for your Little Jewel, usually around 11 x 14 inches. I will run that by you before starting on your portrait. Your Little Jewel will be on a single-color background, which we will decide on together.

PRICING INFO:

Little Jewel portrait is $400.

Human and Pet Little Jewels are priced the same.

For additional individuals in the same portrait, add 50% to the price.

Included in the price:

• Professional packing (labor)

Mounting and varnishing are available

Framing is not included.

LITTLE JEWEL Gallery

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Below the gallery is a complete Price List.

 

PRICE LIST

LITTLE JEWEL portraits are small portraits done in a loose, expressive style, for a flat fee of $400. The artist chooses the size, usually around 11 x 14 inches. Larger sizes are available. Please contact Kevin for a quote on larger sizes in the LITTLE JEWEL style.

LITTLE JEWEL Pet portraits and Human portraits are priced the same.

For additional individuals in the same portrait, add 50% to the price for each additional human or animal.

LITTLE JEWELS are done on a single-color background.

The Price List shows the 5 portrait types. For more about each type, click the thumbnail to go to it's page.
(You are on the LITTLE JEWEL page)

 

Included in the price of a LITTLE JEWEL portrait:

  • Professional packing service

  • Mounting and varnishing are extra - $28.00

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