SeladorDesign

Custom Portraits & Other Illustrations by Amber Lovell

Scranton, Pennsylvania
223 Sales

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Note from shop owner I am officially on Maternity Leave! My husband and I are getting ready to welcome our son in May. I'll be taking an indefinite extended break from custom orders in order to ease into motherhood. If you'd like to keep in touch or inquire about reserving a custom portrait order for the 2021 holiday season, feel free to email me at seladordesign [!at] gmail.com with the understanding that it may take me a little longer to get back to you.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

I am officially on Maternity Leave! My husband and I are getting ready to welcome our son in May. I'll be taking an indefinite extended break from custom orders in order to ease into motherhood. If you'd like to keep in touch or inquire about reserving a custom portrait order for the 2021 holiday season, feel free to email me at seladordesign [!at] gmail.com with the understanding that it may take me a little longer to get back to you.

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Custom Portraits and Other Illustrations by Amber Lovell

Hi there! My name is Amber Lovell and I am the owner and illustrator here at Selador Design. I specialize in hand drawn colored pencil portraits of individuals, couples, and families and I would love to make one for you!

Let me tell you a little bit about how this little business of mine came to be....

I can’t honestly remember a time when I was not drawing.

As soon as I could hold a pencil I was constantly copying illustrations out of my favorite picture books and drawing family portraits (my father was always taller than our house in those early years before I had studied the principles of perspective). The little green Fisher Price desk in the corner of the family dining room was my very first studio space. School notebooks, church bulletins, restaurant napkins - no flat, stationery object was safe from my doodles. Earliest vocational aspirations included becoming an illustrator for Disney as well as a caricature artist at the local amusement park. I mimicked the illustrating styles of other artists (Disney and Normal Rockwell were among my early favorites) and experimented with my own artistic aesthetic, which varied from attempted photo realism to comic book cartoons. I dabbled in various mediums throughout middle and high school, including paper mâché, oil paints, pastels, and charcoal. Needless to say, art was a major part of my identity as a child. "The Girl Who is Good at Art" continued to be my official title until I graduated from high school.

Then there was a shift.

It was a general shock to all who knew me to hear that I was not going to study art in my post-secondary education. My artwork fell to the wayside once I began my collegiate career. I no longer valued my natural talent for drawing and illustrating. I wanted to develop my intellect and start to work on the parts of myself that I felt were lacking - which is a fine aspiration for a young woman trying to find her way in the world, I think. I began to focus more on academics, especially writing, and I eventually pursued a master's degree in philosophy & Great Books.

I still continued to gift my occasional artwork to friends and family as Christmas and birthday presents (mostly out of necessity because who has money in their early twenties?). I would get comments here and there asking if I illustrated professionally or if I sold my drawings anywhere, but I never took these questions seriously. I even resented them a little bit. I did not want art to be my defining skill. I was trying to remake myself, after all.

But something was not working.

As my time as a full-time student was coming to an end I gradually began to realize that my life needed a directional change. For so long I had undervalued my artistic talents and disregarded the one thing that I could do really well. I was living in an unsustainable tension of placing high value on something that took up a lot of my time and energy with no financial return and no vocational prospects while significantly undervaluing my natural talents and refusing to embrace them or utilize them as an avenue for income.

And that's just silly.

So I decided to pick up my pencils and begin drawing again. It took a while to find my distinctive illustrating style. I sort of stumbled into it, actually. I simply started drawing and the more I drew the more consistent my style became. Practice makes Perfect - or at least it makes Significant Improvement.

In starting this business I have tried to create an opportunity for myself to do something with my life that I am good at. There is joy in accepting who you are and leaning into it instead of fighting against it and wishing you were different, don’t you think?

This is me trying to be who I am. Welcome to Selador Design.

Shop members

  • Amber Lovell

    Owner

Production partners

  • Ballard Print and Design

    Scranton, PA

    Ballard Print and Design is a local print and copy shop that makes high quality prints and digital images of my original artwork.

  • A print shop

    AL, United States

    This company prints all of my original stationery designs.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Shipping and Packaging

All items are carefully packaged and shipped via USPS.
*All art prints and custom portraits are packed with chipboard backing in a clear cellophane sleeve and shipped in a rigid mailer to ensure optimum protection.
*Custom note card sets are packaged together with their envelopes in a box and shipped in a small cardboard box with box filler.
*Pre-produced note card sets are packaged together with their envelopes in a clear box and shipped in a padded envelope.
*Individual note cards are packaged in a clear cellophane sleeve and shipped in a rigid mailer.

Custom and personalized orders

I do my best to offer a clear representation of my illustration style, though each portrait will be unique in its own way. Please know that I put a great deal of time and care into each project. Because each item is made to order and is specialized just for you I am unable to offer refunds on returns. All sales for custom orders are final.

Shipping Disclaimer

Selador Design is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen packages. Delayed scanning by USPS is beyond our control once the package leaves our premises. Please allow 48 hours for USPS to update their tracking.

Who is your shipping provider?

The United States Post office is my usual mail provider. First Class domestic delivery takes 3+ days. If you upgrade to Express Shipping at checkout then your package will ship FedEx overnight, which is a 1-2 day processing time.

Most non-custom orders will ship out after about 2 days from the time of purchase. Custom orders will require approximately 2-3 weeks for processing and production.

Insurance is available for an additional charge.

When I message you with a question or a custom order request when can I expect a response?

Selador Design is open 7 days a week for orders, but only open for correspondence Monday-Saturday. I do not respond to emails or convos on Sundays or holidays because family time is important. I do my very best to respond to all messages within 24 hours and answer questions on a first come, first served basis. I'm a one-woman show over here - I promise I am responding as fast as I can!

I placed my order and realized that my shipping address is wrong! Can you fix it?

If you need your package to be shipped somewhere else please let me know immediately. If your shipping address is not up to date and you change it after you order please tell me because it will not update on my end automatically. I am not responsible if your package goes to the wrong address if you do not communicate with me. I will ship it to whatever address is on your invoice or if you update your address with me. If you want me to double check, just ask me or check your invoice in your account info.

If your package is returned to me because of an error in the address you provided, then you will be charged the full shipping rate again via a PayPal invoice. The payment will need to be made before I send your package again.

How do you price your portraits?

Pricing for portraits is a-la-cart. Please see my shop announcement for a full list of pricing for custom orders - seladordesign.etsy.com

What types of reference photos are required for a custom portrait order?

All of my portraits are full-subject portraits. Since my illustrating style is dependent on creating an accurate likeness and realistic proportions, high quality reference photos are ideal. I am able to work from separate photos to create the perfect portrait for you, BUT I do require at least one full-length (or mostly full-length) photo of the pose in which you want the individual(s) to be drawn. I can work from separate photos for facial expression, clothing choice, and hair styles.

If you provide reference photos that do not fully show the subject to be illustrated (i. e. a photo that only shows the waist up) this means that I will be taking extra time to research reference photos for myself. This will be an additional $30/subject