I work from photographs. Choosing the right photo is crucial – please see the examples at the foot of this page. Absolute focus is essential as I view them on my laptop and ‘spread’ (enlarge) them to get maximal detail. If they are blurred when I do this, I cannot draw the details so please do check yourself before sending me the photo. If you’re unsure, we can send photos to and fro, so that I can guide you as to what will work.
I draw close ups of faces. I may edit your photo to cut out extra features that take away from the face. I’ll check with you before I do this.
If you are uncertain, send me a selection and I will let you know which I think is the best. Typically, well-lit photos without harsh shadows work well. It’s typical of portraits that a face in repose without a broad smile works best. I find it more intimate if a face looks away at a distance but the choice is yours.
Typically, it takes me a couple of weeks to make a drawing. I then send you a photo of the drawing (watermarked ‘Draft’) with an invoice indicating how payment may be made. When payment is cleared the drawing is posted via recorded delivery.
Prices: A3 size drawing from £90 + p&p at cost
Examples of good pictures
Examples – things to avoid