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Pet & People Pencil Portraits

Hand drawn pencil portraits of your pet, a loved-one, or of yourself. 

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Pet Portraits

Pet portraits in pencil make a great gift or as a keepsake for yourself.

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People Portraits

Capturing likeness and mood of the person on a photo using a pencil.

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Commission a Portrait

A simple way to commission a pencil portrait from your photo.

Popping Portraits by
Oxfordshire portrait artist Rebecca Bolton

Beautiful hand drawn pencil portraits created from your photos

I always strive to capture the likeness and mood in my pencil portrait drawings of dogs, cats, horses and people. Unlike a photograph which can have unwanted and distracting elements, a pencil portrait can eliminate these and focus on bringing out the personality and important features in the subject. Bad lighting, a drooped ear, red-eye, and overpowering backgrounds can all be removed and adjusted to suit your preference. The character of the pet or person can then be brought to life in a framable, highly realistic, pencil portrait using the highest quality professional artist materials.

Graphite pencil is a wonderful medium for creating a classic black and white portrait. It can enhance the individuality and personality of the subject. A pencil portrait is well suited for your dog, cat or other animals, and of someone special in your life. I can work from a few photos and create a life-like pencil portrait which you can treasure forever.

Graphite pencil portraits

A sample of sketched portraits and commissioned black and white portraits from photos & from life in pencil & graphite.  To see galleries of my work visit pet portraits and people portraits.

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Upload your photos

I would be delighted to discuss a portrait with you. Send me your details, tell me a little about your requirement, and upload a few good quality photos.

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    Pencil Portraits From Photos

    As the old English saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, where complex ideas can be conveyed with a single image. When I look at my customers’ pets I really believe there is no better way to describe their personality than via a picture. Whether it’s a photo, painting, sketch or pencil portraits …

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    Dog portraits in pencil

    The aim each time is to identify what the dog’s owners see in their pet, and show the spark that these animals have and the spark they can bring to people’s lives.
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    Portraits – a pencil drawing v photos

    Drawing in itself is an expression of our humanity, and there is always something of the artist in a drawing as well as the subject.
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    A portrait gift for someone special

    A great way of turning those photo memories into something that can be enjoyed forever, is to turn it into a hand drawn portrait gift for your family and friends.