The pencil portrait is created using graphite pencil on high quality heavyweight cartridge paper in black and white. Once completed, I seal it with a fixative spray so that the portrait does not smudge.
I have different finishes but the common theme in all is a striking resemblance and excellent quality drawing. If you would like a zoomed in portrait where the face fills the whole page, I can create this. If you would like a clean margin around the portrait, I can also create this for you. Before I start, I will discuss with your aim and how you would like the end result to be. Please browse through the gallery to see your preference in terms of style. If you have no preference, then I am more than happy to determine what style would best reflect the mood of the photo.
I can work to any size but tend to work on A4 and A3. I can work to a much bigger scale if that is your request. Sizes differ according to the country so please refer to the picture below to have an idea of UK paper sizes. I tend to focus on the face but if your request is for the whole body to be drawn, this can also be done and in this case, an A3 size would be recommended. The same goes for a portrait of more than one person. The more people appearing in the portrait the more need for more space so the bigger the paper size.
A3 is double A2 and A1 is double A2
What Type of Photo to Send
PLEASE SEND A PHOTO: that’s fairly large and close up, so that I can see enough DETAIL within the face. The best photos are those that I can enlarge up to the same scale as the portrait I am working on without the photo becoming too unclear or blurry. I will then have enough detail to make a good portrait. Photos taken on a digital camera (and ideally emailed straight through to me) are ideal, but I also accept photos taken on phone cameras as long as they are sharp and give me as much detail as possible. Daylight is always best as photos taken in artificial light may be grainy. If you only have a printed photo and not a digital file, please send these to me so I can see the quality. I will send it back to you, once I’ve completed the portrait. Please go to commissioning a portrait to read more information on photo advice. You’ll also find answers in the FAQ page. Please also feel free to email me any queries you have.