portrait artist blog

 I create custom portraits of people and pets

for you in the UK  


Portrait Artist Blog

Hi welcome to my blog posts for my artist portraits website

the portrait blog has additional info .and sample portrait ideas and resources for people and pet portraits from clients photos.

by Artist David Gilchrist

Find out how i paint portraits and see how i work  and get an idea of the materials i use in producing professional realistic style artist portraits from photos in my main categories of oil paintings on canvas, pencil drawings , pastel drawings, and dog portraits etc.

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
 Girl Taking a Photo

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