Welcome to the Loudon Portraits website

This is a site dedicated to showcasing artwork that I have created over the years



Even back in 4th grade I wanted to be an artist when I "grew up"



I have been drawing every since I was a little boy. I used to have a fascination with drawing trains, and that is one of the earliest things that I remember drawing. I also remember drawing a lot of the Muppets from Sesame Street. When I was six years old, my parents took me to see STAR WARS and my new obsession became drawing everything that had to do with that galaxy far, far away. Here are a few of the oldest drawings that I did back in grade school.


My parents bought me a book called Me At School shortly after their divorce to help cheer me up. These drawings came from that book.


This was my first self-portrait...Notice the backwards Nike Swoosh on the left foot (whoops)


My Dad bought me my first pair of Nike's, man I loved those shoes. I felt like I could run faster and jump higher in them.


I used to love watching Bugs Bunny, especially when someone would make contraptions to capture someone as seen in this drawing.


For some reason though, from a very young age, I was always very critical of my work and a lot of my drawings would be wadded up and thrown away not long after they were created. I do wish I still had some of those drawings, so that I could go back and see how much things have changed. I especially wish I would have saved some of those drawings that me and my buddy Larry used to do in our classes together in Junior High (that's middle school to all you younger generations out there). One of us would usually draw some horror character (Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger a lot of times) and pass the drawing to the other person. Then that person would draw another character attacking the first character. This would continue until either the page was completely full, class would end, or our instructors would catch us passing the drawing back and forth and come and take it away. I also found a book recently that had some of my superhero drawings from around that time.

       




Also while attending Junior High, I became OBSESSED with the rock band KISS. I then began drawing Kiss on everything. From the logo to the band members, with special emphasis on Gene Simmons or Ace Frehley. During this time, I started realizing how much I enjoyed trying to impress people with my work. Guys and Girls both would ask me to draw their favorite band logo on their folders or on their stone-washed jeans (yeah, I'm starting to show my age now). Here's a couple of drawings I did of Kiss early in High-School


   
Not the best in the world, but getting better


I also went back to drawing Star Wars themes around 92 or so when Star Wars started trying to gain steam again. My drawing style was still pretty basic at this point. After I took some art classes in college, it helped me to start developing a more realistic style to my artwork. As you can see in these drawings, I still had a ways to go

   


There have been several people that have encouraged me and also helped me to develop my style. The wonderful thing about art is the fact that it is ever changing. Artists are by far their own worst critics, but if I have one thing to tell any aspiring artist it is this...NEVER STOP CREATING. We all go through our times where we can't seem to get that drawing or painting exactly right, but don't give up, it will get there.

Also, don't be ashamed of the work that isn't your best. I wish I had kept more of my work through the years so that I can see how far I've progressed. I have never stopped trying to get better, and I get encouragement when I go back and look at my work through the years. Things that I was so proud of at the time that it was created, I get a chuckle out of seeing them now, but I couldn't have gotten to the point I'm at now had I not gone through those early stages.

The other pages on this site are my more current work. Please feel free to send me an e-mail and let me know what you think of my work. If you are a fellow artist and have questions, comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you. Also, if you are interested in having a custom piece created, drop me a line and I'll get back with you as soon as possible.


Thank you for stopping by, I will update the site as I create more pieces, until then, enjoy!!!


Shane Loudon