Pencil Portrait Sketches – Affordable Commissions from Photos by UK Artist



Frequently Asked Questions



1. What’s your turnover time?

Sketches can often be fitted around other portraits – please enquire.


2. How much does a pencil portrait sketch cost?

Portrait prices can be found above.


3. Which photos do I send and how?

Please realise that your portrait’s quality depends on the photos.

A photo taken in natural light gives the best portrait result.

For a good portrait photo, look across at your subject rather than up or down.

Red-eye, poor contrast etc. can be rectified by the artist.

Emailed photos or a disc are preferred.


4. Can you combine more than one photo into one sketch?

Often yes, but not if the lighting or quality differs greatly between photos. Example.


5. What about payment?

Final payment is due on approval of an emailed image of your completed portrait sketch.

Methods: Paypal, cheque, bank transfer.

Portraits cannot be dispatched without cleared funds.


6. Can I cancel my portrait?

I’ll confirm before beginning your portrait.

Orders for portraits may be cancelled any time prior to starting work.


7. How will you send my sketch?

Portraits are sent in firm postal tubes unless otherwise requested, with instructions on handling.

Special Delivery is the securest mailing option,

but you may receive your sketch via Recorded Delivery if preferred.


8. What if I don’t like my portrait?

Please read my Returns Policy.


9. Can I order a portrait from outside the UK?

Portraits are posted worldwide. Read More.


10. Can I buy a gift token?

A gift token secures your portrait commission and gives an estimated delivery date (Sample.)

Please enquire.


11. How do you draw your sketches?

The pencil drawing tutorial explains techiques and show photos of detailed portraits in progress.

It also has notes about sketches. Please see the "Pencil Portraits" link under "Portrait Tutorials ."


12. What kind of paper will you sketch my portrait on?

I use a very smooth paper for sketching portraits.


13. Will my pencil portrait be shown on your website?

Portraits and, occasionally, small photos may be displayed unless

I hear a contrary preference from you. Commemorative portraits shown at request of client only.


14. Will you frame my portrait?

I don’t offer framing but have compiled advice on framing pencil and coloured pencil portraits.

Please see the link under "Other Pages."


15. Will you sketch my pet?

Sorry, but I only sketch people; pet portraits are in detail (see commissions pages).




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A selection from past pet / family portraiture clients.


" This portrait is more than I could ever ask for. Rodrigo was the most beautiful dog we’ve ever known. I love him so much, and now I can see him forever in this drawing." (Amy – Commemorative Pet Portrait Coloured Pencil, ’07)

"I must thank you for the 2 pet portraits of lurchers my husband commissioned for me. It was the best surprise he ever gave me." (Su – Coloured Pencil Pet Portraits 1 2 ’07)

“This has been very therapeutic for me. Thank you for the sensitive way in which you have dealt with my request.” (Gloria – Commemorative Baby Portrait, ’08)

“Your picture has evoked so many emotions in me. You have given me the photo I never got the chance to take. You have also made Luke look so serene. I can see in your portrait how Luke would look today, if he had not been so ill and I could not ask for more.” (Jacqui – Commemorative Baby Portrait in Pencil, ’08)

“I have to say it took many hours of searching on the net to find someone who I thought could do this portrait. In fact I think you have exceeded the high expectations I had based on the examples on your website.” (Graham – Commemorative Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’08)

“I received the portrait today and I’m over the moon, I’m going to give it to my sister and her husband today, I can’t wait to see their faces. I’ve had a little plaque engraved with the baby’s name and I’ve put it at the bottom, it looks lovely!” (Rachael – Commemorative Baby Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’08)

“That’s fantastic – the portrait’s still totally like Nathan but just slightly enhanced – perfect!!!” (Lizzie – Pencil Children’s Portrait, ’08)

“My work colleagues were amazed at the likeness and the quality.” (Caroline – Baby Pencil Portrait ’08)

“Wow – You really are a terrific artist. She may look better here than she does in person, ha ha! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with me!” (Paulina – Coloured Pencil Pet Portrait ’08)

"It looks so much better than the actual photo. You’ve also been an absolute pleasure to deal with! Thank you for saving us from boring-present hell!" (Jo – Pencil Drawing ’09)

"I love it! The eyes are very expressive and the smile’s lovely. I love the background too. Thanks for doing such a lovely drawing of her 🙂 " (Stanley – Coloured Pencil Portrait, ’09)

“Thanks once again for your great work. I know all of us lucky people who’ve had something done appreciate the portraits of friends, family and pets, but our link to the art isn’t the only thing that makes them so special – you have an amazing talent to capture the emotion of a moment, not just the details.” (Terry – Pencil Portrait ’10)

"Thank you for your suggestions about which photo to use and what should be included in the portrait. Your portrait will certainly be the centerpiece of our collection." (Dave – Pet Portrait ’10)

"It’s almost as if you can reach into the portrait and feel the texture of his skin. The only problem is waiting to give them the portraits. I feel like a kid waiting to open presents at Christmas!" (Terry – Children’s Pencil Portraits 1 2 ’10)

"The portrait is better then I could of imagined!! I know it was a strange request but it’s turned out so amazing! I cannot wait to see my mum’s face! You’ve been a pleasure to talk to and so helpful. Every time I look at this portrait I will laugh and smile. It’s so Zola!" (Katrina – Character Pet Portrait ’11)

"It’s great, and you’ve got the babies very well – although I think your portrait is a little bit prettier than we are IRL! Thank-you!" (Sophie – Pencil Portrait, ’11)

"I cannot put into words how fantastic it is. You’ve captured my wife’s sparkle perfectly. If you would like to use the portrait on your website I’d be honoured for others to see this masterpiece. This means more to me than you could know." (Lee – Commemorative Pencil Portrait, ’12.)

"Thanks so much for all the time and effort you’ve put into the portrait for us. Mace certainly looks magnificent!" (Jane – Pet Portrait, ’12.)

"You’d think that by now I’d be used to just how breathtaking your portraits can be, but this is absolutely stunning." (Terry – Children’s Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’12.)

"We are SPEECHLESS, EMOTIONTAL AND OVER THE MOON!!! Absolutely thrilled with the portrait!! Totally exceeded our expectations ….. delighted beyond belief!!!!!!" (Wendy – Portrait, Coloured Pencil, ’12)






8×10" Sketch


Pet Portraits; Portrait Drawings: Children, Families and Weddings; Sketch Artist, Nudes, Figurative, Non-figurative

UK Pencil and Pet Portrait Artist.



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Pencil Sketches – Pricing






Postage is £6.00 (UK). Pencil portraits are sent insured.

No deposit is required.


You will have the chance to approve your pencil portrait before you pay, but

sketches cannot be sent without cleared payment.






8×10" Sketch




Pencil Portrait Sketch – Emma


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Other Pages:

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Pencil Portrait Sketches

Turn an ordinary family photograph into a unique pencil sketch!

Pencil portrait artist Anna Shipstone will create the best composition based around

your photo, combining a good likeness with the simplicity of a pencil sketch.

These sketches are cheaper than the artist’s detailed portraits.

If you prefer a detailed pencil portrait, please see the "other commissions" links top-

left of this page.

To order, simply Email the artist to discuss your sketch and send photos. The artist

will edit your pictures if necessary, and email suggested portrait compositions back

to you. To see how a pencil portrait can improve on your photo, please click here.