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exclusive pencil drawings by hand from your photos of people and pets

hand drawn portraits
find more samples in my galleries

portrait specialist crafts genuine custom hand drawn portraits
for lasting memories of people and pets from your photos using traditional art materials you can treasure always

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Authentic pencil drawings

from your photos of people and pets

I am a  professional pencil portrait artist with many years experience working from clients photos,

producing stunning pencil artwork carefully created for you that is both affordable and stylish

The black artist pencils produce fine art drawings with rich velvety darks through to whitest highlights you do not get with "ordinary" graphite pencil portraits.   

I have two  standard sizes   = 12 by 16 inches and 20 by 16 inches 

with FREE backing board and card surround mount included ready to frame

when your special portrait drawing is finished it is posted flat to you by special next-day delivery by royal mail as a standard service

hand drawn portraits by

Scottish artist David Gilchrist

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Hand Drawn Artist Portraits

If you want to show your loved ones how much you care, why not get them an original portrait. Custom artist portraits from clients photos of people or pets. It’s the perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries and any other special occasion!  Check out my galleries of previous works and get in touch with me today to commission your very own piece of custom pencil art!

 Requesting a portrait drawing
To hand draw a portrait from a photo, clients will first need to send me a photo of their pet or person they’d like drawn. I accept photos taken with a decent camera  or phone, upload  your photos or send via email .

Once I receive your photos, it generally takes me about a week to finish your portrait—but keep in mind that I’m often booked up  in advance. So please ask if you require a certain date.

 Choosing your photo
It’s easier to draw a portrait from a photo rather than just an idea, but getting one that makes you look good isn’t as easy as it seems. Before you order your artist portrait, take several photos of yourself from various angles . Make sure  that there aren’t any distracting background objects in view.
your photo needs to be clear and sharp  and close enough to see all facial detail as I can`t copy properly what i can`t see clearly.
don`t over crop - leave some space around the head .

I always need to view photos to make sure they are suitable for me to portray and do justice to the subject.

Photo quality is very important, so please consider using a digital camera or a phone with a good camera instead of just your phone. 

It’s also better to take several shots of each pose in case one doesn’t turn out good!  

Also, don’t crop your photo  - leave it as it was taken with space around the head with nothing cut off .

 Ordering your pencil portrait
The Checkout process is very simple. Send me a photo of your subject(s), tell me how you want them painted, and let me know if you have any special requests.

Once I receive your order,  i can get more detailed information from you if needed about your portrait order.

After I've talked with you and finalized all details I get your deposit and then  I'll start drawing! Most custom pencil portrait orders take about a week before they are ready for shipping to clients.

visit my dog portraits page for details of my authentic dog portraits by hand from your special image

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you need a good clear photo for best results

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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

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