I have loved drawing for as long as I can remember and am inspired when capturing the essence of my subjects through pencil sketches. After numerous successful portrait commissions with fantastic feedback, I have decided to launch The Illustration Room, to showcase my drawing style and custom portrait commissions to date.
Take a browse through my galleries of portrait artwork and let me know your thoughts, I would love to here from you.
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I attended the University of Central England and gained a BA(Hons) in Visual Communications. This has enabled me to work within a variety of commercial Art & Design fields. I currently work as a Graphic Designer and I have attended weekly life-drawing classes for many years now, mainly for the constant development of my drawing skills. This is supported by a Certificate in Portraiture from the London College of Art.
I have a very painterly style and do
not use pencil in the way you would expect. Drawing with graphite shavings
and a putty rubber, the portrait subject is moulded with my fingertips. This
creates very three-dimensional features that appear to lift from the page.
Although pencil lines can be seen in finer details of my drawings, the majority
of the mark making is sculpted in this way. I create mood, character and
true realism, moving away from the sketchy style other artists are able to
produce relatively quickly. An average head shot can take me up to 10 hours
Viewing these pieces online does not do these graphite portraits justice. Rest assured if you like the images on the site – you would love the original artwork.
Commissioning a portrait is a very
personal project to embark on; to get exactly what you want can be hard if
you can’t talk directly to the artist. I commit to one pencil portrait at
a time, providing a personal one-to-one service for my clients. There is
nothing mass-produced about my work, a lot of time is spent creating the
highest standard possible. Treating every commission as an individual art
piece, I make sure your personal portrait is tailored specifically to your
needs. I am proud to think that some commissions will become family heirlooms,
that many generation will enjoy in years to come.
Take a look at my pencil portrait style and take a browse through my different galleries including,
Children’s Portraits, Group Portraits, Adults Portraits, Pet Portraits.
Let me know if you enjoy my work and would like to consider me as your Portrait Artist.
What could be better than a bespoke personalised portrait as a gift, for your closest friends and family? Due to the very personal nature of a portrait you may wish to give a Gift Certificate, which buys a unique personal service, to create something very special, ensuring they get exactly what they want. Contact me if you are interested in a Portrait Gift Certificate.
In addition to this original portrait piece, you can order printed replicas, where the artwork is professionally captured and duplicated on photo quality card.
For orders placed before Christmas 2008, I am offering 5 Free Prints of your portrait.
prints are available in two finishes; Sepia Tone and Black & White and
up to a maximum size of A3 (42cm x 29.7cm) An example of these print finishes
can be found on the Order Info Page
Why not treat yourself this Christmas to a fantastic pencil portrait and receive five free prints to give to your friends and family as unique Christmas gifts.
Usual prices for Additional Portrait Prints