Pet Portraits!

Last week I decided to start commissioning pet portraits again! I’ve missed drawing and I love to draw animals most of all. Seeing as my dog Donut has over 1600 friends on Instagram, I decided to let him spread the word. He’s unemployed, after all, so he can do a little to help his mama out. 😉

I got a couple of commissions right away, both Yorkies! Now, I ADORE Yorkies. I’ve always wanted one, myself. In high school, I did a report on Yorkshire terriers. Somehow one has always eluded me, but maybe we will have one in our family, someday.

Anyway, here are the two darling Yorkies I had the pleasure of drawing last week!

Pet Portraits by Yvonne de Salle
Instagram @girlsyxx
Pet Portraits by Yvonne de Salle
Instagram @lil_yuki_big_world

My process involves sketching the outline in pencil, layering in the colors with crayon and pastels, and then adding in the details on top. If necessary, I do a little bit of clean up on Photoshop.

For your own portrait, contact me through Fiverr! Starting at $5.00!

An Unplanned Hiatus and Announcement!

So the end of November threw me into an unplanned hiatus from blogging and personal social media. My online activities were restricted to the social media responsibilities for my job, as well as extra holiday hours at the store. Not that it wasn’t a welcome time to be busy, because as you can tell from the photo below…

Pregnancy Announcement

…the hubs and I are expecting our first child in July! We are very excited, terrified and so so happy! We aren’t particularly sentimental/cheesy/corny people, but we do love to laugh. So we included Donut in our announcement! Poor kid, haha! He’s been demoted to reindeer next Christmas. The first thing I bought for the baby was a Santa suit. Girl or boy, who cares.

Donut and his soon-to-be-baby

Other than that, I’ve been really busy working because of the holidays. Since it is the start of the slow season, I’m working on increasing my social media client base and adding more inventory to my shop. I want to work from home so that I can stay with the baby. My parents both worked full time so growing up I had nannies and babysitters around me the majority of the time. I lived for Thursdays because that was the day my mom would be off from work! Because of how both parents working out of the house affected me growing up, I would rather be the one at home taking care of the kids and return to the workforce once they are old enough to go to school.

I don’t plan on putting too many pictures of the kids online. I want them to be able to control their own level of privacy. That cute picture of them on the toilet when they’re  five could come back to haunt them when they’re fifteen.

Pregnancy has been fairly easy so far (knock on wood), aside from mild food aversions (still can’t eat chicken), and dairy has become my worst enemy (gas gas gas……..), but chocolate is still my friend and french fries have saved me from starving on more than one occasion.

I have a couple things planned for this blog. I will continue to feature my talented friends in my monthly round-ups (performances, industry, etc.), but I’ll be adding more DIY, recipes and some music. Stay tuned!