I am a portrait artist specialising particularly in child portraits completed in pencil. I also work in watercolour and traditional oils on canvas. Based in London, I take portraiture commissions from all over the UK and abroad. Unlike those portrait artists who require a series of sittings I work entirely from digital photographs which customers can email directly to me.
CHILD AND FAMILY PORTRAIT SPECIALIST
Although I also draw adults, my most common subjects are children and my style has evolved to suit their delicate complexions. When drawing a pencil portrait I try to use as light a touch as possible in order to try to capture this luminosity, as well as the sparkle in their eyes.
Generally I avoid rubbing the pencil into the paper excessively to create shading, as I think this creates the effect of a dull and lifeless skin tone. Instead I prefer to build layers of soft hatching and cross hatching to create shadow, or to portray a darker skin colour when applicable. This technique helps me to convey the naturally translucent quality of a child’s skin.
My goal with any subject is to capture a likeness not only of their physical features but also their character, and I think this is what can make a portrait special and distinct from a photograph. In order to do this I like to find out a bit about your child or relative’s personality so I can try to reflect this within the portrait.
Although I work from one key photograph in order to achieve an accurate likeness, I like to see several more in order to get a rounded impression of their features and their general manner.
Commissioning a portrait
The key to a good portrait is communication with my customers. When you commission a portrait we’ll have a chat to find out exactly how you want it to appear, and I’ll help you to choose a photo for me to work from. Don’t worry if you aren’t really sure at this point – I have years of experience in advising customers on what will make a good portrait.
On this website I’ve put together a complete guide to commissioning a portrait. You’ll find advice on how to take suitable pictures for me to work from, and information on how the process works from start to finish. Click the link below to read more, and browse through frequently asked questions.
GRAPHITE PENCIL PORTRAITS
EQUESTRIAN & PET PORTRAITS
As well as discussing your portrait with you in detail before commencing work, I always provide an opportunity for you to view a scan of your portrait when it’s near completion, so you can let me know if there’s anything you want me to change. My aim is always for you to be completely satisfied with your finished portrait, and as a result I have many returning customers.
If you’d like another copy of your pencil or watercolour portrait I can order you a high quality print copy. Read more about giclée prints here.
I don’t offer a framing service but am happy to offer you advice about framing your portrait and have put a framing guide together here to help you.
Read the art blog for ‘how to’ guides on drawing pencil portraits, working in oils, creating portraits of children and animals, and other topics.