Speedy portrait artist adds personality to the Grand Rapids art scene
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Valory McClellan was drawing fast with a black Crayola marker when we spotted her near the front entrance of Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design.

It was a Friday night and artists were converging for Grand Rapids’ recent Art.Downtown event. McClellan was drawing portraits “for tips.” My 8-year-old daughter, Amelia, went first and then her sister and two cousins lined up to get their portraits done, too. After watching our daughters go through the process that lasted about two-minutes per kid, my sister and I decided to sit for a speedy portrait, too.

And before I knew it, the 20-year-old illustration major at Kendall was also whipping up a portrait of my youngest sister from a photo my middle sister pulled up on her phone.

I couldn’t believe McClellan’s speed or the fact that she was drawing with a chunky black Crayola marker.

“I use the Crayolas to be relatable – to make other people think they can do it, too,” McClellan explained, noting that her customers don’t seem to care what kind of supplies she uses as long as they like the finished product.

The Crayolas go over big with kids and make shopping for art supplies easy for McClellan, who is able to do portraits on the fly wherever basic school supplies are sold

While she was drawing, McClellan revealed that she has been selling portraits since age 11…………… continues on The Grand Rapids Press – MLive.com

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