Recent commissions with descriptions underneath; these little notes will bring you closer to the studio of Danny Checkers. What fun!
This was a portrait completed and given as a wedding present. It is inspired by the poem Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle… I wanted to pay homage to the poem by drawing a pensive, stately older woman. A woman I envision when I read the poem. It was well received.
This couple was super adorable and….well…colorful! Hence, the radical color choice. This client was a Golf Course Superintendant and wanted a symbol of his trade so we put a GCSAA book in his shirt pocket! What fun!
Another really fun portrait. Got to meet the dog to get a better sense of WHO he is at his core. I believe I captured his furry soul well. Also, look close as I hid an Easter egg - the Xavier University X in his dog tag - per the request of the client.
These two are the cutest. Fun project!!!
This was a portrait for a client’s daughter-in-law. It was really fun to work on because I had to splice and put several pictures together to get the story and pose just right. Also, it was really cute because the client ended up keeping this piece and hiring me to complete a different portrait for her DIL.
Hank here went to a great client and home. I knew I wanted to make the line between where the ears start and stop blurry and difficult to decipher as Hank here, has some incredible ears!
Loved working on this project, the client, who was and is amazing, had the idea of putting his LV red-bottoms on Dasha’s feet.
This was another fun commission. The client’s brief was, “maintain her impish-ness”. What fun!!!
WE love Hugo and we cheers to his spirit up in the canine heaven! Cheers mate!
Fun project for an adorable couple in Sau Paulo, Brazil.
Hope here was a puppy when the client approached me to draw his portrait. I was inspired by his calm demeanor and so I drew him in profile, all sophisticated-like.
This was a FUN project. It was an homage to this now defunct, yet beautiful, bridge in Waterville, Ohio. The clients wanted a “spring” art-piece to hang above their fireplace in the , well, season of spring. They also wanted a lot of green, VIVA SPRING!
This was a super fun project for the Wood County Courthouse. They have hanging, in their Great Hall, all of the Wood County commissioners dating back to the 19c. However, this handsome chap was missing and only one newspaper clipping of his likeness existed so they approached me to turn the grainy picture into something more appropriate for the Hall. Viva Abraham Nelson Longbrake.
Django here was the third in a series of three portraits I completed for an amazing client. This adorable Pitbull loves tennis-balls….according to the client, hence, a mountain of tennis-balls.
This was a challenging and super fun project I was commissioned to complete for the University of Toledo. It was challenging in that it required using multiple images to properly date the subjects’ suits and hairstyles and age. It was fun in that I really, really love drawing portraits.