Welcome to the Neighborhood!

May I introduce the holiday 2015 additions to AJC Estates?  :)

I was delighted to create more pieces for BWS Landscaping in Richmond, Virginia, and also add some new Cincinnati clients to the mix.

This year's pro tip: take photos as if you're a proud landscaper.  BWS takes the most fantastic source photos... probably because they always include the surrounding landscape!  

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I had the pleasure of completing a number of pen-and-ink home drawings this Christmas.  As I worked on them, I kept picturing them in a little neighborhood together...

Welcome to the 2014 Home & Garden tour of AJC Estates!

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(Apparently my imaginary neighborhood is gated, with topiaries.  Go figure!)

All of the above are 11x14" ink drawings.

More than half of these were commissioned by BWS Landscaping in Richmond, Virginia.  The company gave them as gifts to some of their residential clients.  I can tell you, hands-down, that if I lived in the Richmond area, I'd call Brad ASAP to hire BWS as my landscaping company.  How many landscapers do you know that give Christmas gifts - especially one-of-a-kind, custom, original artwork?  

For BWS' clients, I got to work with some fun gift wrap!  Not sure if you can see the glossy crocodile pattern on the paper, but it's pretty awesome.  

 

With that, I must conclude blogging for 2014.  Can't wait to show you some more things I've been hiding for a while, and continue to post new works in progress!  There's some fun ones coming down the line!

Wishing a very Happy New Year to you and yours.  Y'all come back now, y'hear?

Evolution of a Pen-and-Ink

I'm a big fan of architectural drawings.  I recently completed a drawing of the Bloemendaal House at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  We have friends getting married there, and they wanted to hang a drawing of the House in their home.

While I was working, I thought it would be fun to trace the evolution of the drawing.  I scanned the image as I went along.  

First, I started with a pencil sketch.

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Then, I started going over the lines in ink.

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I fleshed out the surrounding landscape a little more...

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And finally, filled in the shadows and erased any remaining pencil lines.

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I'd love to do more of these, and might start integrating watercolor... contact me if you have a building that's close to your heart, and I'll make a custom drawing for you!