Things to consider:
My usual sizes are 9”x12” and 11”x14”. The timeframe for me to complete a drawing of these sizes is usually a couple weeks. I have done drawings of all sizes, with my largest drawings being 2 feet long. Larger sizes will take more time but are certainly doable! Depending on subject matter, framing, and shipping, receiving your drawing will take a couple weeks. Because of this, Christmas present requests have to be in by Thanksgiving.
Common requests are sea turtles, seahorses, and coral reef fish. I do receive a lot of pet drawing requests, especially around Christmas. My usual style is bold coloring with some examples of previous pets below. I've done many dogs, cats, and even chickens!
I can do backgrounds in either color pencil or spray paint. Color pencil backgrounds, while they do take longer, allow for a more realistic landscape. Spray painted backgrounds give a fantastical, whimsical, more abstract background.
For in-person shows, I mount my drawings on wood panels and spray with a protective acrylic finish. However, I have worked with custom frame shops that have done a wonderful job selecting unique matting and frames for my pieces. If you are local in Virginia Beach, I can suggest a few places to take your artwork to be framed!