Formal Portrait by Marlene Piccolin

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Commissioned pencil portrait of a board member of a local hospital. 16"X20" on Canson Bristol Smooth.


man, portrait

I am a self-taught artist, recently retired from my “pay the bills job”, who made a serious attempt at graphite drawing in 2006 at age 53. I have since done a few in color pencil.
I love drawing animals and children especially. Some of my work is available for sale as prints on this site. Commissions are welcome.
Thank you for visiting my page, and I would like to thank everybody who comments. I truly appreciate it.

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  • gcampbell
    gcampbellabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic Work!

  • Thanks Gary. I love your work.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldabout 5 years ago


  • Hi Lance! Thanks for the notice. Did I ever tell you that my husband’s name is Lance? Great name.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • FineEtch
    FineEtchabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful! So photographic.

  • Thanks Jo. This was my first “corporate” commission. I haven’t delivered it yet….yikes! But I think (hope) they’ll be pleased.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberleabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding Work!

  • Thanks so much Simon for the feature. :-)

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! I’m sure they’ll be thrilled.

  • Thanks for the vote of confidence Kay!

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • J.D. Bowman
    J.D. Bowmanabout 5 years ago

    Very nice work Marlene.

  • Thank you John.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Christopher Clark
    Christopher Clarkabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Chris!

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • hollypaino
    hollypainoabout 5 years ago

    Great portrait work! Was curious – what paper do you find the best to work with?

  • Thanks Holly. For this one I used Canson Bristol Board Smooth. I like the smooth for skin tones, but that dark jacket was a challenge with the limited tooth. I just had to be extra patient and layer layer layer. :) For my animal portraits, I usually use a vellum finish, and for color pencil Stonehenge 250 GSM Vellum finish. Thanks for commenting.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • nellaevad
    nellaevadabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks Dave.

    – Marlene Piccolin

  • Lance Barnard
    Lance Barnardabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. Perfectly executed.

  • Thank you Lance.

    – Marlene Piccolin

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