Art by Bo

immortalizing a moment in time

Entering a Graphite Reality

By on December 25, 2017

Capturing Moments. Realizing Dreams


Graphite, 5" x 7" (after mat, image area 4.5" x 6.5"), one figure (pet); $85 plus shipping and materials (mat board, packing, envelope, shipping costs)

Graphite, 8" x 10" (after mat, image area 7.5" x 9.5"), one figure (pet); $150 plus shipping and materials (mat board, packing, envelope, shipping costs)


Step 1: Contact

To start us off, you will need to contact me through my "Contact" form. In that form, you just let me know what you want me to draw for you (medium, size, subject). I will get back to you with a few more questions.

Step 2: Details

After I reply, I will need you to answer a few questions. I will also need high-quality photos of the subject material. One will serve as the reference to be reproduced. The others help me to see additional details that may be obscured in the primary reference. We will agree on that which is to be drawn.

Step 3: Deposit

I will send you an invoice via email for half of the commission. Once paid, work can begin.

Step 4: Work with Progress Updates

As I work, I will send progress updates to you. If you see something amiss in an update, please let me know immediately so that I can fix it as soon as possible. The last update will be marked "complete". Once you review and approve, we can move to the final step.

Step 5: Final Payment and Delivery

After approval of the completed picture, I will inform you of the balance amount, which will include shipping fees and materials. After you agree to the amount, I will send an invoice. Once that is paid, I will mail the picture to the address you have provided.

Note: If you decide that you do not like the finished product, you are not obligated to purchase it. However, the deposit is non-refundable and goes toward my time spent on the project.

Tools and Materials

I draw on Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Series 300, which is acid free. My pencils range from 6H to 6B (sometimes even 8B). To reproduce a photo, I use a grid method, with the reference on my laptop in front of me, while I transfer the subject to the page freehand. 

Restricted Material

I am a force-free dog trainer, as well as an artist. That means that I do not use or condone the use of methods or tools that use intimidation, fear, pain, or violence to motivate a dog. As such, I will not draw images of dogs who are wearing such tools as choke chains, prong collars, or shock collars. 


Artwork copyright to Vernon McGuffee. The product is not to be copied or reproduced in any form without permission of the artist. Note that the sale of item does not transfer its copyright.