Each drawing is sprayed with gloss varnish which forms a colourless glass clear coating which as a result this prevents smearing and smudging.
I draw beautifully detailed pencil drawings to commission and for exhibition.
I am a successful professional artist and published author who specialises in pencil drawings.
If you will be taking a photo, please use a good camera or the latest phone/tablet cameras. Photos taken outside in daylight is preferable, close to your subject and at eye level.
I’ve recently started offering watercolour portraits as an alternative to oils for portraits in colour, and I think that the lightness and softness of the medium really suits a portrait, especially of a child. As with pencil drawings I try to keep a light touch, building up layers of washes but still allowing the brightness of the paper beneath to illuminate the subject’s skin and hair (or fur!) tones. You can read more information on the watercolour portraits page › about how to commission a portrait in watercolour.
My pencil portraits will capture the likeness and even the mood of the subject from a photograph supplied by you. I am a self-taught Pencil Portrait Artist and provide excellent photo realistic portraits in pencils of people and pets drawn from a photograph supplied by you. Pencil Portrait drawing will make a great personalised gift for any occasion, such as, Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, Weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas Day. Read testimonials or google reviews from previous clients/customers to find out what they had to say about my portraits and contact me with your photo to commission/order a unique pencil drawing. Overseas orders are also welcome.
Although my style is fairly realistic I like to use as light a touch as possible, always trying to capture the luminosity of skin, the shine on hair and sparkle in the eyes. This is not to say that I literally avoid any dark shadows, but with a pencil portrait I try to avoid rubbing the pencil into the paper excessively which tends to produce a rather dark and dull effect. Whether working in pencil, oils or watercolour, I try to communicate the character of the sitter – even for a pet! In order to do this I like to find out from you a bit about their personality so that I can try to reflect this within the portrait.
The photograph(s) you send to me should be clear and sharp. The quality and clarity of the photo will influence how much detail I can include. Therefore, a clear and focused photo will allow me to create a realistic pencil portrait. I can only draw what I see, therefore if the details are blurry or of low quality, the pencil portraits will reflect this. High-resolution photos are preferable – the higher the better.
WELCOME – I am a portrait artist specialising in both people and pet portraits. I create drawings or paintings directly from your photographs – choose from graphite pencil on archival cartridge paper, watercolour, or traditional oils on canvas. Based in London, I take portraiture commissions from all over the UK and abroad including Europe, the US, the Middle East and Australia, and send portraits out by secure courier delivery. Unlike those portrait artists who require an extensive series of sittings I work entirely from digital photos which customers can email over to me, making the process quicker and less expensive. Please browse through the galleries above
Available from 27 Feb 2017, £11.99 + p&p Signed copies also available by Request
I can also take people or pets from individual photos and combine them to create a group or family pencil portraits.
New Book! Suitable for Beginners and Improvers Drawing is all about learning to really see the world around you and to translate it on to paper. In this book, I’ll show you how you can use just a few simple strokes, shapes and shades to draw almost any subject you like, from a piece of fruit to a detailed landscape.
Visit the commissioning information page for a full summary of how to commission a portrait from your photos. You’ll find advice on what sort of photos I’ll need to work from to create child, adult or pet portraits, and information on how the whole process works from start to finish. You can also read more specifically about pencil portraits or watercolour and oil painting options. Here you’ll also find tips on portrait conservation, and framing advice. I have years of experience in advising customers on which type of photo will make a good portrait so please also feel free to get in touch for a chat.
Although I also draw and paint adults, I specialise particularly in child and pet portraits (see below) In order to create an accurate likeness I work from one key photograph, but it’s useful to see several other pictures of your child or pet in order to get a rounded impression of their appearance. People often take their children to have professional photos taken and these are nice to have, but I think a portrait adds an extra quality and can sometimes communicate their character in a less formal manner.
5.0 ★★★★★ Google ReviewsMy husband and I made a portrait of his dad (who passed away last year) as a gift for his mum. She absolutely loved it. It’s very well made and beautiful. Very very realistic.
We are extremely happy with it. Definitely will ask Mike again if we need another portrait done. Urszula BhatiaI found Mike on Google while looking for an artist to do a portrait for my mother-in-laws 70th, of her springer spaniel.
My husband and I were very impressed with the quality of his work and were even more delighted when we received the picture – it was so life-like. My mother-in-law was also blown away and loved the picture.
I also got Mike to do a picture of an engagement photo of my husband and I, it needed a bit of tweaking before I was satisfied – which is why it’s good to view beforehand – but Mike was very happy to adjust it until I was happy.
The picture now has pride of place in our house and looks fantastic! I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone. Natalie Leicester
Animal portraits are available as drawings and paintings. Learn more about commissioning a pet portrait › including available sizes, how to take a photograph of your pet for a portrait and much more.
A trained Research Scientist with many years working in the public and private sectors, I was inspired to draw again by the Mawbray Art Group. I now undertake commissions including pet portraits, landscapes, people, wildlife and vehicles, as well as producing a variety of originals, prints, cards and gifts for exhibition and sale.
I offer a friendly and professional service, and believe that the key to a portrait is good communication with my customers. When you commission your portrait I will speak to you by phone or email to find out exactly how you would like it to appear and to discuss all your different options. I really want you to be completely satisfied with the end result, and always provide an opportunity for you to view a scan of your portrait once it’s nearly finished so you can let me know if there’s anything you want me to change. As a result I have many returning customers. Read some customer feedback ›
Browse the options above for more information on ordering extra prints of your pencil portrait, buying a gift voucher if you’d like to give a portrait as a present, and advice on how to frame your finished portrait. Or follow the link to read a full guide to prices and delivery.