oils & watercolours
WELCOME – I am a portrait artist specialising in both people and pet portraits. I create drawings or paintings directly from your photographs – choose from graphite pencil on archival cartridge paper, watercolour, or traditional oils on canvas. Based in London, I take portraiture commissions from all over the UK and abroad including Europe, the US, the Middle East and Australia, and send portraits out by secure courier delivery. Unlike those portrait artists who require an extensive series of sittings I work entirely from digital photos which customers can email over to me, making the process quicker and less expensive. Please browse through the galleries above
portrait artist anna bregman
I offer a friendly and professional service, and believe that the key to a portrait is good communication with my customers. When you commission your portrait I will speak to you by phone or email to find out exactly how you would like it to appear and to discuss all your different options. I really want you to be completely satisfied with the end result, and always provide an opportunity for you to view a scan of your portrait once it’s nearly finished so you can let me know if there’s anything you want me to change. As a result I have many returning customers. Read some customer feedback ›
commissioning a portrait
Visit the commissioning information page for a full summary of how to commission a portrait from your photos. You’ll find advice on what sort of photos I’ll need to work from to create child, adult or pet portraits, and information on how the whole process works from start to finish. You can also read more specifically about pencil portraits or watercolour and oil painting options. Here you’ll also find tips on portrait conservation, and framing advice. I have years of experience in advising customers on which type of photo will make a good portrait so please also feel free to get in touch for a chat.
Although my style is fairly realistic I like to use as light a touch as possible, always trying to capture the luminosity of skin, the shine on hair and sparkle in the eyes. This is not to say that I literally avoid any dark shadows, but with a pencil portrait I try to avoid rubbing the pencil into the paper excessively which tends to produce a rather dark and dull effect. Whether working in pencil, oils or watercolour, I try to communicate the character of the sitter – even for a pet! In order to do this I like to find out from you a bit about their personality so that I can try to reflect this within the portrait.
Although I also draw and paint adults, I specialise particularly in child and pet portraits (see below) In order to create an accurate likeness I work from one key photograph, but it’s useful to see several other pictures of your child or pet in order to get a rounded impression of their appearance. People often take their children to have professional photos taken and these are nice to have, but I think a portrait adds an extra quality and can sometimes communicate their character in a less formal manner.
I’ve recently started offering watercolour portraits as an alternative to oils for portraits in colour, and I think that the lightness and softness of the medium really suits a portrait, especially of a child. As with pencil drawings I try to keep a light touch, building up layers of washes but still allowing the brightness of the paper beneath to illuminate the subject’s skin and hair (or fur!) tones. You can read more information on the watercolour portraits page › about how to commission a portrait in watercolour.
Animal portraits are available as drawings and paintings. Learn more about commissioning a pet portrait › including available sizes, how to take a photograph of your pet for a portrait and much more.
Browse the options above for more information on ordering extra prints of your pencil portrait, buying a gift voucher if you’d like to give a portrait as a present, and advice on how to frame your finished portrait. Or follow the link to read a full guide to prices and delivery.