Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Haywood St.

This piece was one I did for my lovely step sister who resides in East Falls, Philadelphia. Admittedly it took me about six months to get this done for her, as I promised it to her on her birthday in the end of May, and have been so busy since then. It ended up being half belated bday present, half christmas present. Everything was colored with pen and marker except for the brick work of the house, which is acrylic paint.

The color blue of the shutters and the molding required a lot of layering but I 
think it came out pretty well in the end.
Below is a little detail shot of her cat Phoenix in the window.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

13th and Morris

Sigh... I love getting commissions of houses that I well, love. This is one of the giant-porched beauties located on Morris between Broad and 13th Street. I can't imagine how lovely and spacious it is inside. Though I must say making a brown house look nice is a little hard, this was still such a nice project to work on. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

18th and Catharine

The nice woman who commissioned me to do this piece just sold this skinny little charmer, and will miss it dearly! She and her husband moved into a larger house in the suburbs which I hope to also draw!

Below is a detail of the front door and window.

Friday, October 26, 2012

House Portraits on Etsy

I recently updated my etsy shop to have a section featuring my house portraits. Check it out!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

294 Edgewater St.

This piece was commissioned by my friend Greg Pizzoli for his talented girlfriend Kay Healy. I was waiting to post this until Christmas time but it turned out that he ended up giving the picture to her earlier. Kay's mother sold the house a few years ago, and Greg thought this would be a great gift since this is where she grew up.

Just Married

This house was fun to work on because of all the personal details. The couple just got married and bought a house in Philly, which they plan to fix up a bit and truly make their home. The portrait was to represent all of that, and I believe the client plans to use the house drawing as the image on their marriage announcement. Congrats!

Below are some little detail pictures with the dog 
(who happens to always look sad), blocks saying just married that the
 client requested, and one of the kitties.They also didn't have any plants yet 
but I added a window box and a potted bush to pull it together.


My husband and I have recently gotten married and instead of taking a honeymoon we decided to buy a house. Unlike most newlyweds we don't have any pictures of us on a beach resort. Instead we wanted to always have an image that celebrated our marriage and our first home. Adrienne did a beautiful and thoughtful job on the portrait of our new house. Adding so much personality to our pets faces and defining their idiosyncrasies. She made the image of our home come to life by personalizing every detail. We're so thrilled to have something so lovely in our house to share with our friends and family. And to have a reminder of where we started our lives together. 

-Lauren and Jackson Morihara

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Birdhouse

I waited until this beautiful Saturday to post this picture, because it is a wedding gift. This row home is actually located in Harrisburg! This was the first home of the newlyweds. In the windows are their handsome pups Mabel and Riot. They called the home "The Birdhouse," which they also named their small wedding video/film company.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Ultimate "House Portrait"

This is probably the biggest project I have worked on to date. The building is located at 1241 Carpenter Street, where my studio is. The owner of the building wanted a large drawing of the factory as it would have looked when it was first built in the late 1800's. Of course it is hard to find any photos that are that old, but I went and did some fun research with the Philadelphia Library Company. I found some pictures of the building that were taken around 1917. It was awesome to see it when it was still relatively new. The building was used to manufacture belts for factories, it was called "Main Belting Company." The original drawing is 22"x 36" and will be displayed in the entryway of the building.

Below is a little detail of all the windows I had to draw, phew!
Here's one of the reference photos I used, it was probably drawn with graphite.

Below is the actual building, which now has a mural on the front.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

7XX S.19th Street.

This portrait is a birthday present for a client's wife! I love the patio and the front garden space of this house, which is usually so hard to find in the city!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Philadelphia to San Francisco

I just did another piece for my guys who are moving to San Francisco
from Philadelphia. I already did one with their dogs in the window
of their house in Philly, but they wanted a new one for their new home.
Looks like a nice spot!                                        

This house is on 6th Street near Catharine Street in South Philadelphia.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

1545 S. 13th Street.

I really love this house and it was lots of fun to draw it. I am no longer afraid of drawing bay windows, they can just be a little time consuming with all the levels an layers. This one especially was painted some pretty awesome colors!

I had also based one of my drawings (pictured below) from my gallery show at Barber on 24th 
on this house and other houses on this block. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brian Court Apartments

This drawing was done for a Property Management group who own a bunch of multi family homes. They sent me pictures of what changes they are going to be making to the landscaping and the building, and I made up the drawing based on different sketches and reference pictures of the new plants and fixtures.

Here are some details of the drawing if you want to get a closer look!

Friday, July 13, 2012

New Pieces

I've been very busy recently with all these new pieces for my real estate agents. The first one is located at 7th and Spruce.

The two pieces below are house from the Bancroft Green Development. I thought they were cool especially because of the greef roofs on top of each one.

The ones below were a nice change from everything I've been doing recently because they are not red brick. The first one is on Dorrance Street and the second is on Wallace Street.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

4525 Locust Street

 I really enjoyed working on this house in West Philly. It's huge with lots of cool details, a porch, and plants out front. Whoever bought it is a lucky duck!