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Hi David,

Just wanted to say how pleased I am with the portrait you did of our dog Charlie.

I am going to put it in a frame for my husband for Christmas and I`m sure he`ll love it.

Thank you once again.    Pat Wheeler

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Many years delighting clients with

traditional artist portraits

100% created by hand in the UK

from your treasured photos

of people and pets

 I create professional portrait artwork in these mediums




contact me for more info or upload photo etc.
portraits from photos
oil portrait painting of dog on canvas
portraits from photos
You need good clear photographs for artist portraits
as an artist i am only able to draw or paint what i can see so a good sharp photo is needed for best results
My top tips -
  • use a good camera for good clear results
  • ensure subject is well lit
  • focus on eyes
  • outside light is best - shoot away from the sun
  • head and shoulders is prefrerred
  • dont over crop - leave space around the head and shoulders
portraits from Photos

Are you looking to commission artist  portrait paintings / drawings from a professional portrait artist ?

I have many years experience working from clients photographs . 

Take a look at the samples of my work  on my website gallery pages, there are many artworks on show
All of my portraits are created by hand using traditional materials and methods.
I use only the highest quality artist-grade materials to create superior results that will last for years in your home or office.

You need a sharp and clear photograph to copy for your art drawing or painting.

This is because I need to see the detail clearly in order to draw it properly. If it is unclear or fuzzy, I won’t be able to see it well and will not be able to create a good likeness for you.

The rule of thumb is "the better the photograph the better the artwork" from your  photos should be.

so your photo matters a lot to achieve a good, professional  artist portrayal  in oil,  pastel or pencil.

All artist oil painting portraits from photos are created by hand and painted by brush on premium quality stretched cotton canvas

using Winsor & Newton’s latest Griffin Alkyd Quick Drying Oil Colour that is resistant to yellowing and cracking with age.

b&w pencil hand drawn portraits  from photos are created on a textured paper and drawn with black art conte pencil  for a detailed finish with a textured look.

pastel portraits from photos have a velvet finish and are excellent for getting good blending for  shadows and highlights on skin , hair and fur etc.

Great attention is paid to getting a good realistic likeness to the photo and bringing out the personality and character of the subject.


i create  portraits for local customers in Glasgow , Edinburgh and surrounding areas and further in 

Scotland and post to all over the  UK ,including London, Manchester, Birmingham ,  using royal mail next day special delivery.

order your custom portraits from photos today


portrait artist David Gilchrist

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