When my wife was pregnant with our little boy, I made a narrative illustration of us standing in the snow, waiting at the mailbox for a "delivery" as our Christmas card/baby announcement. I had my paintbrushes in hand. She had her pregnant belly. And our bouncy black dog was excited to see what was in the mail.

When I posted it I received a massive outpouring of love toward it, along with requests from people to illustrate their family. So a few paintings later I had a huge portfolio full of family illustrations. Now I work with people around the world constructing personalized quirky artworks for their families as keepsakes/snapshots of a particular moment in their lives.

As for my work process, I email clients a chiseled questionnaire designed to extract the most important details about their bond with each other. Their answers provide the content for the illustration. I love combining my passion for painting with getting to know each family and their unique story. And finally, I use a pencil and watercolor on Arches watercolor paper for all my illustrations.

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 months ago

Little dog looks like, "step away, me first!"

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Night Owl 2 months ago

Looks fun; but, being more of an introvert, that would definitely be too crowded for me.

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Lola Run 2 months ago

Wow ! Beautiful !

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Night Owl 2 months ago

I like this one. They caught each other and made a beautiful heart.

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Tolga ÜSTÜN 2 months ago

Cheating with mechanical leg when you drink alcohol... "guess I forgot how to dog..."

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Tigers 2 months ago

What is she pointing to

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Enea 2 months ago

Aww, and look at that cute family moose!

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Evelyn L 2 months ago

What a jump!