Custom Portraits & Illustrations

Groningen, The Netherlands

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Last updated on Aug 13, 2022

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Custom Portraits & Illustrations - My Creative Journey

Hi there!

My name is Jessica, and I’m an artist and illustrator living in Groningen, Netherlands. I create custom portraits and illustrations that are both semi-realistic and illustrative, using traditional media like watercolor, colored pencils, and gouache.

I’m originally from Mexico, and I grew up in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca. After graduating from college, I became passionate about teaching English. And that’s what I did for the next few years, before falling in love with a Dutch man and moving to the Netherlands in 2015.

At that time, I took a break from teaching and started blogging. And shortly after, I started my own clothing business. It was until June 2020, that I started offering custom portraits here on Etsy. To my surprise, it has been a success! I haven't stopped creating portraits since then. Painting people and their pets is truly my favorite thing in the world.

Thank you for stopping by. If you're looking for an original gift or portrait, then I invite you to explore my shop.

Much love,


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    Mixed media artist and illustrator specializing in portraiture.

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Last updated on Oct 2, 2020
Frequently asked questions
How long will a custom portrait take?

Custom portraits usually take 5-10 business days to be completed, depending on the workload I have at that moment. You should then add shipping times on top of that. If you need your portrait sooner, please contact me before placing your order, so I can confirm with you whether that is possible. You can also read my shop announcement for current processing times.

What kind of reference photos are required for custom portraits?

To create your custom portrait, I’ll need some high-resolution photos to work from. They need to be sharp and clearly show the face of the subjects, so I’m able to achieve an accurate likeness. I’m afraid I can’t work with blurry photos, since I need to be able to zoom in on the image and see details.

Do people/pets need to be in the same photo?

No, they don’t need to be in the same photo. A combination of people/pets from two different photos is possible, as long as the subjects are in similar composition (the photo was taken from the same level).

What kind of materials do you use?

For portraits, I mainly use Fabriano watercolor paper 300 g/140 lbs hot pressed, which is acid-free and prevents the painting from yellowing over time. As for paint, I use a variety of high-quality mediums, such as Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell colored pencils, and Winsor & Newton watercolor and gouache.

What if I’m not satisfied with my portrait?

I don’t normally accept returns or offer refunds because I work closely with my customers to make sure they’re happy with their orders. But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Will my portrait be shared on social media?

I may use the artwork I create from your order for promotional purposes, such as displaying it in my Etsy listings, portfolio, and social media pages. If you do not wish your commissioned portrait to be shown online you must notify me before the work begins.