I would love to have a portrait of every home I've ever lived in, but the tricky part would be deciding which artist to put to the task (and affording all of them). Here are my top 10 contenders, and for all you apartment dwellers, half of these- my favorite half- are of apartment buildings!
1. Custom House Drawings, KLoRebel Art, $75+
Kirsten Lowe creates edgy ink drawings of "Wedding Venues, Favorite Dive Bar or take out restaurant, 1st House, Moving Away/Childhood Home or the Place you first met...." Yes, please- one of each!
2. Custom House Portrait Street Paintings, WaterColorCastle, $30
I highly recommend you peruse all of Ling Zhou's watercolor work, especially her evocative apartment, city street, and alleyway portraits. She captures the gritty beauty of cities so well.
3. Custom House Portraits, Maybe Sparrow Design, $75
Ashley Davis' illustrations are printed on HP Professional Presentation matte paper, are available full-bleed or with a laurel wreath, and can also be printed as notecards.
4. House Portraits, Pamela Baron Designs, $325
I had trouble deciding which of Pamela's watercolor, gouache, and India ink houses to feature here because they're all so darling and poppy. I picked this one for the cat lovers in the crowd!
5. Custom House Portraits, The Small Object, $78+
The Small Object's distinctive drawings are available as prints, notecards, and rubber stamps.
6. Custom House Portraits, Cuddlefish Press, $350
Erica Sirotitch will work with you to create a truly custom portrait of your home- do you think that means she'd include darling owls and lions even if my house doesn't have any owls and lions? Included in the price are three giclee prints and a (low-res) digital file.
7. Custom House Portraits, Wolf Whistle Studio, $160.95
The sweetest little houses- and apartment buildings- ever are made using watercolor, gouache, and ink.
8. Custom House Portraits, My Sweet Rose, $100+
Laura Davies uses the subtleties of watercolor to great effect in these beautifully colored and precisely rendered architectural portraits.
9. Personalized House Portrait, BokaPrint, $241.43+
Nathan Gillingham will digitally draw a portrait of your home, shop, or favorite pub.
10. Custom House Portrait, Doodle and Hoob, $150+
Houses surrounded by an "evocative impression of background in soft colours" are created in Photoshop and printed on archival cotton rag.