Here's a little highlight reel of some of my portraits. At the end you can see what it looks like after it's been printed and mounted on sustainable wood by those awesome tofu-eating, bike riding Portlanders at Plywerk.com. And now I'm shipping all portraits with a snazzy gift tote emblazoned with the Jason O'Malley Portraits logo. No gift wrapping required!
Frank contacted me and commissioned a portrait set in their chic West Hollywood living room with their two pooches prominently featured, of course. They sent me plenty of great reference material to work with along with a special request to incorporate Shanny and Quinn's favorite dog toy.
The sketch: I took the liberty of moving some of the accessories around and added the big ottoman for the dogs to sit on.
The final portrait:
Chris and Gene were the high bidders on a portrait I donated to the auction at the All Love All Woodstock benefit for Constance McMillen & The ACLU. They wanted the location to be their beautiful shade garden in Willow, NY. They had many specific species of plants that needed to be represented: oakleaf hydrangea, fiddle head ferns, hosta, red cutleaf maple, and astilbe to name a few. I was super excited to do this portrait since I love drawing dudes and plants and I love clients that give me lots of specific reference material and direction.
Here's the sketch:
The final art:
"We loved working with Jason. He truly captured our relationship. His unique and fun style resulted in a beautiful (and flattering!) image. We are so pleased with portrait!"
I always encourage my clients to give me as much reference material as they can right at the beginning of the process: favorite photos of each person, pet, and place as well as favorite films, art, and hobbies to really get the creative juices flowing. Colette loves the city and Tom love the country and when I think of merging those two things together I think of one thing: Green Acres.
The sketch: a split screen/Green Acres concept was the perfect place to start. I gave Colette the penthouse view she adores and I placed Tom in the countryside with land spreadin' out so far and wide. Of course their pets are prominently featured, too.
The final illustration evolved a little bit from the orignal sketch. The bike was more interesting in profile and I rearranged the pets, but overall the concept shined through nicely.
I recently did this collection of head shot portraits for the writers at Vanity Fair Agenda. Each person sent me a few photos for reference and made wardrobe requests. Head Shot portraits are perfect for use on social media and to use as wallpaper on your smartphone.
These lovely ladies commissioned a portrait with NYC as the backdrop. Les is the preppier one with a taste for Topsiders, hoodies, and denim. Diane wanted to feature her über chic boots. Since I can draw anything you can imagine, the sky is the limit as far as wardrobe and styling is concerned.
Here's the sketch I sent them for approval before doing the final color version:
And here is the final art set on a classic New York City street (minus the rats and garbage).
These two über talented fashion designer British expats wanted a portrait in front of their charming old farm house in upstate New York. They loved the idea of using American Gothic as a starting point and also asked that I incorporate lots of daffodils and their Marc Jacobs wellies.
Here's the sketch I sent them for their approval before starting the color version. It rough, but it's really just to give them an idea of the composition and the placement of all of the elements.
And here's the final version:
I also turned this same portrait into their Christmas card with a few small modifications: I added snow, rabid squirrels, coordinating plaid pajamas, Christmas lights, and a shovel. All cards are custom printed through my greeting card company HANDSOME DEVIL PRESS.
Here's the sketch I sent them for approval before doing the final color version. This is just to give them an idea of the basic composition and placement of all of the elements that will go into the final portrait.
And here's the final version. I added a ball of yarn and knitting needles and Valley of the Dolls as reading material on Danny's side and I had to make Daisy the focal point by putting her front and center on a pillow since she's so damn cute.