Frequently Asked Questions
ARE ORIGINALS OF THE FINE ARTWORK AVAILABLE?
Yes, some originals are available. Please contact me for availability.
WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU WORK IN?
A variety of mediums are used on different pieces, which include traditional oil paints, ink, pencil, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, chalk, mixed media and more.
HOW MUCH DOES A PORTRAIT COST?
Portrait cost depends on the size of the piece, the number of figures in the portrait, medium, material, and method. In general, pencil portraits start at $200, charcoal portraits start at $1,000, oil painted sketches start at $2,000, and traditional oil portraits start at $11,000.
WHAT IS AN OIL PAINTING SKETCH?
Oil painting portrait sketches are unique in that they are done entirely in one sitting session.
HOW LONG DOES A PORTRAIT TAKE?
The time spent on a portrait depends on the size, the number of figures in the portrait, medium, and method. In general small pencil portraits take about 30 minutes to complete, charcoal portraits take about 2 hours to complete, oil painting portrait sketches take about 3 hours to complete, and traditional oil painting portraits take about 4-6 months after the reference photos are finalized.
WHAT IS A SITTING SESSION?
If you choose to have your fine art or portrait commission done from life, then the subject would need to do a sitting session either the studio or at a location of your choosing. During this session, the subject would work through a series of poses. The initial warm-up poses would be 10 minutes, and then a series of longer 20 minutes poses with 5 minute breaks in between.
DO I HAVE TO COME TO YOUR STUDIO?
Sitting sessions can be done at the studio, or I can travel to the location of your choosing for a pre-discussed fee. Travel fees are based on estimated travel expenses.
CAN A NUDE PORTRAIT BE COMMISSIONED?
Yes, nude portraits can be commissioned. Contact me for more information.
DO YOU WORK FROM PHOTOGRAPHS?
Yes, while working from life is preferred (and discounted). Portraits can be created entirely from photographs. More often, portraits are created from a combination of life drawing and photos.
WHEN WILL MY PACKAGE ARRIVE?
Prints and books ordered from the online store are shipped via US mail. They typically arrive in 7-10 days in the continental US. Fine art and portrait commissions are shipped via FedEx. They usually arrive within 3-5 days in the continental US. Worried? Contact me and we'll track it down.
WHAT IS A BLIND BOX?
The collector's edition of Dorian’s book, Drawings: Inspired by Life, Dorian Vallejo is a blind box item, meaning that the drawing he creates is a mystery. The books are boxed and shipped without knowledge of what original drawing Dorian has created for you on the inside.