About the Artist: Nicole I.
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I. Hamilton first discovered she could draw at the
age of 14. She had always enjoyed art, but never really
thought she had any particular gift for it. "I
remember sitting in one of my middle school classes,
bored silly. We had finished work for the day, and
were waiting the extra 10 or 15 minutes for the bell
to ring and signal our escape. I remember distinctly
looking across the isle and seeing someone's Trapper
Keeper laying on the desk next to mine. It had the
Tasmanian Devil in 3 different poses dancing across
it. I am not sure what prompted me to pick up my pencil,
unearth a sheet of paper, and start drawing Taz. However,
in that few minutes I discovered a talent I didn't
even know I had. I looked at the paper when I was
done, amazed to see Taz looking back at me. When I
took the paper home to show my mother, she said, "Who
drew that?" She was just as surprised as me!
For some reason, it just came easily for me to draw
what I could see. I really haven't stopped drawing
since that day."
the beginning she would draw mainly cartoons and Disney
characters, copying Snoopy and Garfield out of the
Sunday comics. She also sketched a few animals, but
Nicole stayed away from people because she felt it
was just too daunting. However, something happened
that changed her attitude. "We were visiting
family, and my Mom was telling my older brother how
I could draw any picture I could see. He said, "Okay,
draw me this", and took out his wallet and handed
me his ID. "I can do anything but people,"
I said. This was a very small conversation, but it
changed my thinking. I considered it a challenge now,
and set a goal of learning to draw people."
first attempts at people still looked a lot like cartoons.
She was always a perfectionist, and so she kept at
it, and gradually discovered how to draw figures manipulate
graphite for a realistic effect. One of the first
steps she took was to quit working with just a mechanical
pencil. She bought some artist quality graphite pencils
of varying hardness. Then she mastered shading and
proportions, and started to develop her own unique
style. Like many artists, Nicole's first drawings
of people were based on pictures of celebrities. She
then progressed to portraits of family and friends.
developing quite a portfolio of works, she launched
her web site to offer her portrait services to others.
enjoy working with photos to create pencil portraits
because it captures the essence of a person in a single
instant, be it joy, sadness, surprise, or even flirtation.
(I still enjoy drawing my favorite celebrities for
fun!) To me the eyes are
one of the most important features of the face. As
the old saying goes, "the eyes are the window
of the soul", and they alone can speak volumes
about the emotion of a subject."
Hamilton has continued to expand her artistic talents
by creating original works of art. Her art covers a variety
of subjects and is created using graphite, charcoal, carbon,
and pastel chalk pencils. All her original art incorporates
the same realism that is seen her pencil portraits. Photography
is another medium she enjoys, and she uses it to capture
the beauty of nature and simple things. She continues
to build her art and photography portfolio, so please
visit again to see new works.
always had an interest in both art and computers, so
it was a natural progression for her to study Graphic
Design in college and use both. She has the ability
to manipulate, enhance, and correct photos. Her specialty
is photo restoration of faded or damaged photos, and
colorization of black and white photos. She can also
turn your photo into a unique digital work of art using
many different special effects. Nicole can
also change backgrounds and seamlessly add or remove
people and objects from photos.
offer editing services such as photo restoration and
colorization services to others, because I know how
much use they have been to my family and friends. I
especially enjoy repairing and restoring photographs.
These precious pictures cannot be replaced. Please do
not think your damaged photos are a lost cause! Even
the most severe damage can often be corrected. A restored
or colorized photo also makes a lasting impression as
Great Customer Service
service is an integral part of any business, and Nicole
prides herself on providing unmatched service and making
sure each customer is satisfied.
always endeavor to make sure every job turns out as
perfect as possible, and that my customers are satisfied
and happy with the results. I will work with you on
your special requests, and do everything to make your
order with PencilsandPixelsArt.com go smoothly."
learned about customer service first hand working in
retail for over 5 years. Part of that time was spent
as a manager, and she dealt with customer problems and
concerns on a daily basis. Also, because she was working
as a florist, many customers had specific needs or visions.
This involved working one on one with them and maintaining
an open line of communication to ascertain and provide
everything they needed. Nicole now uses these skills
to provide excellent service to all her customers.
launching my own business, I spent some time selling
on EBay in order to learn about dealing with customers
online. I am happy to say I had many successful transactions,
including some pencil portraits, and never received
any negative feedback. I hope you will give me the opportunity
to serve you. Thank you in advance for your business!"
you for your interest and visiting PencilsandPixelsArt.com.
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