Realistic hand drawn portraits of people and pets
In addition to abstract artwork, I take commissions for people and pets (and occasionally an intimate object!).
They make a great gift for any occasion!
Portraits are predominantly done in pencil using 300gsm heavyweight Bristol board paper, but I also work in acrylics and oils upon request.
Guidance for Photos
Portraits are generally of head and shoulders on a plain background, (unless otherwise commissioned), created from a digital photo supplied by you via email or the order form below. I can work from separate photos if you require more than one subject in the picture.
They can be created in graphite (greyscale pencil) or pastel (colour).
It's really important that photos meet the following standards in order for me to draw sufficient detail for a good likeness:
Clear and sharp with no blurriness when you zoom in
Well lit with minimal shadowing
No obstructions to hair/ face/ fur
The higher the definition of the photo, the more realistic the results will be as this will influence how much detail I can include. I can only draw what I see!
It's best where possible to take a new photo using a decent camera or phone.
Outside in natural light is best, or with them facing a window.
Fill the frame with their head and shoulders when taking the photo rather than cropping it later as this will increase the resolution.
Prices are inclusive of mount and frame (see colour choices below), plus UK standard delivery. A 50% deposit is required to commence work and the balance to be paid on completion, prior to shipping, following approval of an e-image of the artwork