In Chalk and Oil

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My approach to portraits

Welcome to portraits in chalk and oil by Jonathan Machen. I am increasing my availability for portrait commissions. Here you can find some unusual portrait ideas, examples of portraits, examples of pet portraits, person drawings, hand-drawn or hand drawn portraits, ideas for gift drawings, drawings of the past, drawings of memories, drawings of friends.

Although I love drawing from life, I can work from a photograph to capture the essence of a person or an animal. I can make a portrait of your children, parents, friends, or pet from any treasured photos you might have! Please visit my secure site at to order a portrait.

Chalk drawing on paper, $120,  reduced price

I am also able to custom frame any piece you commission, for $200. Final pricing does not including shipping.

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what qualifies as a portrait?

Look at some of the examples I've put on this page. What could I draw for you, that will end up as a finished drawing that will bring out the essence of a person, place or thing? What can I draw for you, that will depict someone or something that has meaning for you personally, be it your pet, your house, your vehicle, landscape or geographical area? It could be your best friend, your Mom, a flower - or even a rock! For you, I could also draw a concept, - a technical illustration - a depiction of an idea - anything is fair game, as long as it is not offensive or derogatory.

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