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BIOGRAPHY: DORIAN VALLEJO

Born in New York City on March 1, 1968, Dorian Vallejo's passion for drawing came at an early age. Inspired by his father, the fantasy artist and illustrator Boris Vallejo, Dorian had pencil in hand by the age of three and was working as a professional illustrator before reaching college age, regularly producing covers for Marvel Comics and numerous paperback novels. Today, he is one of the country's most accomplished and versatile portrait painters creating everything from traditional commissioned oil portraits and sketches to pencil drawings and intimate life portraits.
Dorian attended Parsons and received his BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he studied with Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg, Irwin Greenberg and Marvin Mattleson. He also spent considerable time in Europe studying the works of the great masters. Before becoming a full-time portrait painter, Dorian considered different areas of specialization but was deterred by the growing influence of computers in the art world. Realizing he would always be more comfortable with a palette of oil paints and a north-facing studio, Dorian completes many of his paintings and drawings from life, capturing the essence and energy of his subjects in a personal sitting. When time or distance makes this impossible, however, Dorian will photograph his subjects, using a life-sized enlargement as the basis for the portrait. Dorian's commissions range from the scions of industry to average citizens.
In addition to formal oil paintings, Dorian has also worked to make the art of the portrait accessible to people everywhere. Although traditional oil portraits begin at $11,000, a full-color oil sketch, which is painted from life during a four to six-hour sitting, is priced at $2,000. Dorian also offers pencil, charcoal and sepia sketches, and paints either on location or at his New Jersey studio. He has also recently introduced intimate life portraits for women who wish to commission a nude for themselves or a significant other.  Dorian, his wife, the painter Liana Vallejo and their son, Dimitri, make their home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. For additional information, visit www.DoriansPortraits.com.

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Contact: Dorian Vallejo at (610) 438-8355
Email: Dorian.Vallejo@gmail.com

 

NAKED ATTRACTION

Don't Want to Give Him That Same Old Set of Cuff Links this Holiday?
New Jersey Artist Offers Intimate Life Portraits

(November 18, 2008--Upper Montclair, New Jersey) A timeless female nude, immortalized in artwork throughout the ages, can now be had by any woman who wants her own bit of immortality: an intimate life portrait for herself or as the ultimate gift for a significant other.
Dorian Vallejo, a classically trained and nationally celebrated portrait artist, is now accepting commissions for intimate life portraits. He is marketing the drawings after requests from many of his customers. In the past few years, a handful of photographers have made tasteful intimate photographs their specialty. Until now, those seeking a professional portrait artist to take on such a project have had little luck in finding one who has both the competence and sensitivity to accomplish these commissions.
Vallejo's classic intimate life portraits, which are rendered either on location or during one sitting in his studio, are drawn in charcoal, pencil and/or sepia and the occasional touch of color. The price for each unframed 8"-1/2" x 11" portrait, which includes a series of initial sketches as well as the completed work, is $1,000.  A portrait measuring 14” x17” is $1,500. Larger sizes are also available with prices upon request.
"The subjects I've worked with were delighted to have a classic nude portrait of themselves," says Vallejo, who notes that unlike photography, an intimate life portrait is soft, forgiving and designed to capture the "essence" of the subject. Women of all ages have commissioned these nude portraits, ranging from brides to women celebrating a milestone anniversary or birthday.
The typical portrait is accomplished in approximately three hours. Vallejo prepares 10 to 15 simple initial sketches, which are then reviewed by the artist and his model in an effort to select a pose that is suitable for the final drawing. "I've never had a subject who wasn't delighted with the results," says Vallejo, whose work can be reviewed at www.DrawingsFromLife.com.
Each commission also comes with the artist’s guarantee of satisfaction so there’s no risk involved on behalf of the sitter. “If they love it when the project if completed, they pay,” says Vallejo. “If not, they’re free to walk away with no strings attached.”
Born in New York City on March 1, 1968, Dorian Vallejo's passion for drawing came at an early age. He attended Parsons School of Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he studied with Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg and Irwin Greenberg. A full-time portrait painter, Dorian and his wife, the painter Liana Vallejo and their son, Dimitri, make their home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.
More information is available at www.DoriansPortraits.com or by contacting Barbara Moss at (862) 596-8000.

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Contact: Dorian Vallejo at (610) 438-8355
Email: Dorian.Vallejo@gmail.com

 

POINTERS FOR PORTRAITS
How to Select an Artist to Capture You for the Ages

(December 10, 2008--Upper Montclair, New Jersey) A portrait is one of the most beautiful ways to capture the essence of an individual. It is an original, one-of-a-kind work of art that transcends time and place, presenting a subject in a timeless manner. If you’ve decided you’d like a painting of either yourself or a loved one, finding the right artist to complete the assignment can be a daunting task.
Dorian Vallejo, a portrait artist based in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, says familiarizing yourself with the process should help produce a positive result and make the process much simpler for all involved. Here are his tips for selecting the artist who is right for your portrait:

  1. Know What You Like: The portfolios of portrait artists vary tremendously by style and skill, so it’s important to identify an artist whose work you truly admire. The Internet can assist with the search. However, web sites containing hundreds of portfolios can often leave viewers feeling like these are the only artists one has to choose from. “You’ll undoubtedly see a number of artists with similar styles,” says Vallejo, who recommends an alternative strategy to the conventional way of commissioning an artist. “After all,” he says, “this is art. Why should your painting look like something someone else has?” To start the process, he suggests a comparison of the web sites of a few selected artists. The sites of Ann Marshall (www.annmarshallart.com), Nicholas Uribe (www.uribearts.com), Dan Thompson (www.danthompsonart.com) and Vallejo’s own (www.doriansportraits.com) are notable and offer a great way to study the differences in portrait styles.
  2. Contact the Artist Directly: Although many individuals choose to work through portrait agencies, dealing directly with an artist offers more options and provides a best-case scenario for those who appreciate art.  The experience also offers a more original painting than working with an agency or broker’s artist because the artist’s pressure to conform to a “look that sells” simply isn’t part of the equation. By trusting the artist, you stand the best chance of commissioning a truly great work of art. “The agency’s need to conform is the main reason so many artist portfolios look the same,” says Vallejo. “Originality and quality are rarely achieved under such pressure. This same pressure has given contemporary portraiture an artificial, contrived and homogenized look.
  1. Consider Your Budget: Elements that determine price include the notoriety of the portrait artist, the painting’s size (head and shoulders, three-quarter or full-figure) and the number of people or animals in the final painting. Vallejo says if you go directly to the artist, many of them will work within your budget to create a lovely work of art that you’ll cherish for generations. Vallejo’s “oil sketches,” for example, offer the beauty of an oil painting and are completed in a 4 to 6 hour live sitting for the affordable fee of $2,000.
  2. Ask How the Artist Works: A formal portrait normally takes a considerable amount of time to complete with the industry average running 8 to 12 months for completion. The artist you select should give you a definite idea of when you will receive the finished artwork. You should also expect clear financial terms for the portrait. A deposit is normally requested with the remaining balance due upon the portrait’s completion. “Most artists will share their guidelines with you,” says Vallejo, who offers a range of pricing options and doesn’t require a deposit when working from life. “Make certain that you are comfortable with the terms of your agreement and ask for clarifications before signing any contract,” he says.
  3. Trust Your Decision: Once you’ve selected an artist and feel comfortable with his or her capabilities, let the work begin. Although you should share how you’d like to be depicted, if you’ve done your homework, it’s important to trust the artist. “I don't have any preconceived ideas regarding portraiture or how one should appear in a painting,” says Vallejo. “I like to think of this as an artistic impression that at its best is a reflection of how the sitter would like to be represented. If that turns out to be formal, great. If it turns out to be more casual, that's also great. My preference is for honesty rather than the contrived obvious solution.”

As with any collaboration, communication is a key part of the process. If you’re having trouble communicating with an artist, search elsewhere. “For an artist, to be chosen for a commission is an honor. Many artists understand the collaborative process and are a pleasure to work with. Finding that artist can be the difference between a work of art that you will cherish for years or a painting that ends up in the attic.”
Dorian Vallejo, born in New York City on March 1, 1968, has a passion for art that came at an early age. He attended Parsons School of Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he studied with Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg, Irwin Greenberg and Marvin Mattelson. A full-time portrait painter, Dorian and his wife, the artist Liana Vallejo and their son, Dimitri, make their home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. More information is available at www.DoriansPortraits.com or by contacting Barbara Moss at (862) 596-8000.

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POINTERS FOR PORTRAITS
How to Select an Artist to Capture You for the Ages

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Caption: Dorian Vallejo, a New Jersey-based portrait artist, says consumers have more options than they realize when commissioning a portrait. Pictured above are recent examples of Vallejo’s work. Portraits can range in style from a formal, traditional oil painting taking many months to complete (left) to an oil “sketch” (right) which is finished in one 4-to-six hour sitting.

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Contact: Dorian Vallejo at (610) 438-8355
Email: Dorian.Vallejo@gmail.com

 

PORTRAIT SKETCHES

New Jersey Artist Offers a 6-Hour Oil Sketch that Lasts a Lifetime

(January 7, 2009--Upper Montclair, New Jersey) Consider, a classic portrait of either yourself or a loved one. The “oil sketch,” developed by classically trained and nationally celebrated portrait artist Dorian Vallejo, is rendered in anywhere from four to six hours at the artist’s studio in Upper Montclair, N.J. The cost is $2,000—a distinct departure from the pricier oil portrait, which can cost many thousands of dollars and frequently takes months to complete.
            “I began offering oil sketches to reach out to people who wanted a portrait at a more attainable price and for those who wanted to experience the process of seeing their painting take place in a single sitting,” says Vallejo. “The entire process can be completed in an afternoon and is a unique experience for both the subject and others who may want to experience the process.”
            The oil sketch is a classic oil painting in the truest sense of the word. Vallejo works from life and captures an individual in a way photography cannot. “My goal as an artist is to approach the painting with a sensitivity to the person I am painting,” he says. “ When I work from life, I strive to capture the impression of a subject, as we see them in reality, not as a photographic representation.” The result is a classic work of art that can be enjoyed for generations.
            For Valentine’s Day, specially designed gift cards are available upon request. And each oil sketch also comes with the artist’s guarantee of satisfaction, so there’s no risk involved on behalf of the sitter. 
Born in New York City in 1968, Dorian Vallejo's passion for drawing came at an early age. He attended Parsons School of Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he studied with Steven Assael, Max Ginsburg, Irwin Greenberg and Marvin Mattelson. A full-time portrait painter, Dorian and his wife, the painter Liana Vallejo and their son, Dimitri, make their home in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.
More information is available at www.DoriansPortraits.com or by contacting Dorian Vallejo at (610) 438-8355.

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