100% Hand-Drawn with Pencil

"I love the nostalgia and relatability of pencil.

Everyone, at some point, has at least picked up a pencil and attempted to draw something."

Watch a drawing come to life

Sometimes seeing is believing

Dan Pietens

About the Artist

Proudly Canadian, 34 year old pencil artist.

Over the course of my life I have undertaken several occupations and chased many careers including teaching, physiotherapy, and web development. It's somewhat ironic that the one that brings me the most joy is the one that I avoided longest.  

Creating art that others, even strangers, are willing to display in their homes is the greatest honour I can think of as an artist.  

Every piece I create, whether it be a commission or one for my personal portfolio, I make sure I develop a connection to it.  By connecting to the subject I can be that much more passionate about what I am drawing.  To me that’s the key to great art…passion and patience. 

With every drawing I do, I approach it like it will be my last.  Since returning to art, I have experienced wonderful support from family, friends and even strangers.  Therefore, I feel as though continuing to share these pieces with others for as long as I can is a true gift.

Besides drawing, I have many other passions. Activities I enjoy include golf, volleyball, basketball, and drive-in movies. To be honest, I am more of a home-body as I love watching TV (anime, The Office, sports), playing board games, and video gaming.

I currently reside in London, Ontario, Canada.  I have a loving wife and amazing fur-baby, Jake.