or paint new ones! We love translating 
 moments & MEMORIES into art


Our portraits capture your favorite memories in a unique, abstract style. We sketch your piece on high-quality, Arches hot press watercolor paper, ink with fine line work, and add abstract pops of color using watercolor, gouache and pastels.


We pay close attention to details to ensure personalities and key features are captured. We don't include all facial details and focus on strategic placement of  fine lines to help bring facial expressions to life.



We love painting landscapes, animals, flowers and items rooted in nature. Many of our client’s love commissioning custom work that captures a moment in time from travels or places that hold special places in their hearts.


We layer ink, watercolor, gouache and pastel to bring your piece to life. You’re welcome to choose just one medium as well if you have a more minimal vision in mind.


To further customize your portrait, we can add in a specific background, detailed color work, full facial features, deliver digital illustrations, or even add calligraphy. Adding in a special date, family name, or couple name is a great addition! We accept up to five words in length.

turnaround time

Depending on the complexity of your work and our availability, custom work can take 2-4 weeks. We open limited slots each month which are given on a first come, first served basis. When you check out, select the month you would like to receive your work by. If you need it by a specific date, please contact us at sami@theunexpectedtype.com

dimensions + material

Our portraits are created on 9x12 high-quality Arches hot press watercolor paper. Hot press has a smooth finish that looks gorgeous in frames and shows off pigments. You can also upgrade the size! All of the portraits include the use of archival ink pens and handcrafted watercolor & gouache paints that have been mixed using all-natural pigments in our studio. Each color is completely custom!

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Additional Tips
  • Make sure your photo(s) show the poses desired, height differences, and outfit details you would like to be included.

  • We prefer if you share photos that are taken in natural light, in focus and that show natural hair & skin tones. Although we only color portions of bodies, we want to make sure those colors are accurate..

  • Please enter up to 3 colors you would like included in your background. We use these to paint the abstract background shapes. If you have no preference, enter N/A and we’ll choose something that compliments your portrait photos submitted.

  • Please share the exact photo you would like to be painted! We include all items in the frame unless otherwise specified. 

  • If you are a photographer or are looking to achieve a specific color palette, we encourage you to submit the photo with any filters or edits you would like reflected.

  • We LOVE color and can alter colors to be more abstract if preferred. If you have an idea in mind, please leave a note in the "Note" box when ordering.

  • For portraits, one photo is best but if you don’t have one that captures all items noted above, please include an additional photo. Please send no more than 2 photos total.

  • For our standard portraits we’d recommend individuals facing forward. If you’d like a side profile painted, we’d recommend adding facial expressions to help bring their personality to life.

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I LOVE drawing up custom tattoos for those looking to get artwork added to their skin. It's such a special honor. If you're interested in a completely custom piece, prices start at $150 depending on the size, item, and complexity. Feel free to e-mail me for more info.

Want to get something tattooed on you that I've already drawn? Go for it! All I request is artwork credit and would obviously love to see a photo of the piece to celebrate your new art with you!

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