How to commission your portrait

I always feel very privileged to be commissioned to produce a portrait of somebody’s child; it really is an honour to have the opportunity to capture the little person that they love more than anything else in the world. Because of this I always push for the absolute highest standard of finish for each commission and ensure that I use only the highest quality materials. I am also happy to discuss any specific requests you might have for your commission.

I’ve found that drawing from photographs is the best way to create a perfect portrait of children, for whom sitting still for long periods of time is a big challenge! By building up a picture of a child from a series of submitted digital photos I can create a beautiful portrait of your little one – with none of the stress for them – or for you!

Step 1: Have a rummage through your photos and find your favourite digital images of your child.  I need images that are clear, show their full face, are taken preferably in natural light and are high quality / high res (minimum 300 dpi).  The photos don’t have to be in the same pose, clothes or location but they do need to be of your child at the same age. I have found that 6-10 photos is usually ideal. Please let me know which is your preferred image of your child, that really captures their character, so I can use this for the focus of my work.

Step 2: Take a look at my gallery and decide what kind of portrait that you’d like – in what media and what size.  Custom sizes are nearly always available, please feel free to get in touch. 

Step 3: I am not currently taking orders online, due to the bespoke nature of my offering. Complete the enquiry form and I will get in touch to discuss the next steps!

My portrait styles to choose from

Different types of media will bring something different to your portrait.

Custom hand-painted portrait in oils

From £160

A portrait in oils is both traditional and contemporary, and always timeless.  My portraits are painted using oils onto a high quality natural linen canvas meaning that they can be hung straight on the wall, no need for a frame. There’s a unique richness and vigour about working in oil, and an air of permanence. These portraits are a classic that will never go out of style.

I like to leave a reasonable space around the figures to achieve a contemporary finish to the artwork. Please see the images as an example of how the figures are likely to sit on the canvas.

SizeOne PersonTwo PeopleThree People
12″ x 12″£160n/an/a
18″ x 14″£220£360n/a
20″ x 16″n/an/a£505

Custom sizes also available, please contact me to discuss. 

A custom hand-drawn ink portrait
From £45

A hand drawn ink portrait is full of detail and has a contemporary feel.  My ink portraits are drawn in high quality black ink onto high quality 300gsm hot-pressed watercolour paper. A small border will be left to enable framing.

SizeOne PersonTwo PeopleThree People
A5£45n/an/a
A4£70£125n/a
A3£110£165£220

Custom sizes also available, please contact me to discuss. 

A hand-drawn full body pencil portrait
From £150

My hand drawn, full length pencil portraits are delicate, detailed and full of light and shade. My pencil portraits are drawn onto high quality heavyweight paper. I’ll leave a reasonable space around the drawing to achieve a contemporary finish to the artwork. Please see the images as an example of how the drawings will sit on the paper.

SizeOne PersonTwo PeopleThree People
A3£150£220n/a
A2£180£320£460

Custom sizes also available, please contact me to discuss. 

A hand-drawn head and shoulders pencil portrait
From £55

My hand drawn, head and shoulder pencil portraits are delicate, detailed and full of light and shade. My pencil portraits are drawn onto high quality heavyweight paper. A small border will be left to enable framing.

SizeOne PersonTwo PeopleThree People
A5£55£70n/a
A4£80£110n/a
A3£150£185£220

Custom sizes also available, please contact me to discuss. 

Custom hand-drawn illustration
From £40

Let me transform your child into their own contemporary story book character. My custom illustrations are magical and playful. Created using high quality ink and artist grade watercolour, I draw/paint onto high quality 300gsm hot-pressed watercolour paper. A small border will be left to enable framing.

SizeOne PersonTwo People
A5£40n/a
A4£55£85
A3£85£136

Custom sizes also available, please contact me to discuss. 

Custom hand and machine stitched textile portrait
From £150

Craft meets art with a beautiful and contemporary custom textile portrait of your little one – made using appliquéd fabrics, and both machine and embroidery stitches on calico fabric. This is my modern take on a traditional needlecraft portrait or likeness, which have been lovingly stitched by patient mothers for centuries.

If you have a special piece of clothing or fabric that you’d like incorporated into the portrait please don’t hesitate to let me know. These portraits can be stretched onto a board ready for framing or over a custom made canvas stretcher so it can be hung straight onto the wall.

SizeOne PersonTwo People
A4£150£220
A3£240£320

Custom sizes also available, please contact me to discuss. 

A custom hand-coloured watercolour
From £60

A hand painted watercolour portrait is classic and delicate. My watercolour portraits are painted onto high quality 300gsm hot-pressed watercolour paper, and painted in artist quality watercolour. A small border will be left to enable framing.

SizeOne PersonTwo People
A5£60n/a
A4£95£145
A3£170£240

Custom sizes also available, please contact me to discuss.