Stunning professional artwork of people or pets 

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David Gilchrist Portraits

Get the
One - Of - A - Kind Portrait
you always wanted from a portrait specialist ! 

Genuine fine artworks created by hand in the UK
Cherish your precious photo memories with a unique fine artwork created from your image
by David Gilchrist ,a specialist portrait artist using traditional materials and methods.
a unique addition for your home or office for you to treasure always.

 take a look at my galleries 
portraits from photos oil
portraits from photos pencil
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Hi David,

Just to let you know I have framed the 3 drawings and they look super - thank you very much I am delighted with them - have a good Christmas - regards,

 Margaret Burns

You need good clear photographs
for artist portraits that will shine !

As an artist I am only able to draw or paint the details I can see, so a good clear photo is an essential to give you the best results
upload your image and I can advise you on your photo`s suitability for a great artwork

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
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Do you need a professional portrait artist to paint or draw a special portrait for you?

I have many years experience working from my 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.

Oil painting portraits from photos

The artist`s oil painting portraits from photos are painted by hand on high quality, stretched cotton canvas 

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

Custom drawings from photos 

Drawing pencil portraits from photos using black art conte pencil on textured paper will result in a detailed finish with a textured appearance.

Pastel hand drawn portraits from photos UK
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

 and also serve Edinburgh and surrounding areas and further across Scotland

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