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At myDaVinci, The Story Behind The Artwork Is Your Own

By S. Mathur

A beloved pet. A father and son 4th of July picture. Road trips, family homes, weddings and graduations. Customized artwork from myDaVinci helps clients to preserve these memories and images, in a variety of photo to art styles. Professional artists use your pictures and words to create portraits and artwork that will have a special meaning for you, your family or the lucky person who receives it as a gift. Artwork can be ordered online, though the company has its base in Lake Zurich, IL.

"The inspiration behind myDaVinci was to be able to give customers the opportunity to create highly personalized gifts rather than a standard gift off of a registry," the owner, Dong Ouyang, said. "The creative limits are truly endless, and we love to learn each and every story behind the artwork that we create."

Clients can choose their format, from traditional pencil sketches and oil paintings to digital art, which can be used to create customized caricatures and cartoons or panel art in the style of Andy Warhol. Clients define the composition of the artwork, creating family portraits or cartoon avatars engaged in food fights.

"Our artists are able to combine photos together, so we can create portraits placing people and/or animals together that may not have otherwise happened," Ouyang said. "For example, we often create artwork combining several pets together that have been in a family over the years, or draw grandchildren with their grandparents that they never met."

The artwork is the creation of a team of 15 talented artists, most of whom have been with myDaVinci since it opened in 2000. All drawing and painting is done by hand, using digital brushstrokes rather than computer programs. Clients are offered a preview and can suggest revisions for the artists to incorporate into the final version. The artwork comes with a guarantee.

"myDaVinci is backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, no fine print exceptions," Ouyang said. "We truly believe that beautiful artwork is in the eye of the beholder, so, if you don't love your artwork, we will give your money back. We are that dedicated to our customers."

For anyone thinking of ordering a portrait or any other customized artwork, it's easy to get started. Requests can be made and photos uploaded online. If you need help in deciding which type of artwork is best suited to the image you have in mind, expert consultants will talk you through the design process.

Custom artwork makes the perfect gift, because the stories behind the pictures are your own, recalling precious and happy moments spent with your loved ones. And that, as the saying goes, is priceless.

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