I create custom portraits of people and pets

for you in the UK  


portraits from photos galleries

Portraits From Photos

paintings and drawings

order direct from the artist in the United Kingdom


oil portraits from photos

oil portraits

from photos

from £250

What you get >

100 % portrait hand painted in  oil colour paints on premium artist stretched cotton canvas that is stapled to wooden stretcher bars

portraits from photos
oil portrait painting of dog on canvas

For  your custom

portraits from photos


when finished your custom portrait is posted flat packed ( not rolled up )

 and is ready to frame.

delivered fast  by royal mail next day special delivery at no exrta cost in UK


portraits from photos

I am an artist with over 30 years experience in creating 
stunning portrait art from clients special photos.

All my portrait artwork is 100 %  created by hand in the UK
using only traditional artist quality materials for best results
that you can enjoy for many years to come.

I started painting and drawing as a boy and at first was a member of my local art club ,

then portrait painting at Glasgow school of art in Scotland

and have progressed through the years as a tutor and painter

now specialising in commission 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

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

If you are looking to commission artist paintings / drawings from a professional portrait artist with many years experience working from clients photographs.  Artwork of people or dogs etc. can make great gifts for family or friends for weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays or just treat yourself to a special present.

take a look at the samples of my work  on my website to see if this is the style of realistic portraits from photos that you would like .

All my portraits from photos are created by  hand using traditional materials and methods by myself in the UK using professional artist quality materials to give superior results that are going to last and give you  pleasure for many years in your home.

You need a sharp clear photograph showing all details to be copied to your art drawing or  painting  from  photo depiction.

This is because i need to see the detail clearly to draw.  If it is unclear or fuzzy etc., i wont be able to see it properly and then wont 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 it 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 and newton  latest technology modern 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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David Gilchrist Portraits

artist portraits from photos

David Gilchrist
32 Braeside Avenue
Moodiesburn Glasgow 
North Lanarkshire G690EQ
Scotland , UK

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portraits ordered may be used on this website to illustrate my artwork service for customers