I started doing this “commission a portrait” promo and my wife, Monique, commissioned a drawing of our dog, Charlie Parker. We actually took the photo I used as a reference while he was sitting in the back of our car, but I wanted to give him a heroic type of feeling, so I made the background very simple, but very vibrant.
About Derek Alvarez
Derek Alvarez has been creating art since he was 3 years old. One of his drawings was exhibited on a nation-wide tour at age 12. He earned an art scholarship to the University of Arizona, focusing on oil painting, graduating in 2004, Magna cum Laude. He began selling his oil paintings while still in college, exhibiting his work in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City. His work can be found in several public and private collections throughout the country. Currently, he is working as a full-time artist while traveling with his wife and two sons, and shipping his artwork throughout the world.