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Drawing has been a favorite pastime of mine since childhood. It wasn't until adulthood that I began accepting commissions for rendering photos into pencil made portraits.

As you scroll down, you can see a sampling of my favorite portraits I've done over the years.
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Rocky, Pencil Portrait, 2014
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The Process

The Set Up

I work with the image open in a photo-editing program, and overlay a grid pattern over it and draw the same grid on the paper. I use a ruler to match size and shap of each person's features!

Drawing Process
Choosing a Photo

Choosing a Photo to Submit

Professional or Personal

I appreciate A professionally taken photo....



Professional photos do not always make the best drawn portraits, because sometimes they're just too perfect!


It's okay to submit that photo from your beach trip with wind blown hair, and sunscreen on nose- even if it's not perfect. Those snapshots usually show that person's personality much better than the staged studio headshot.

Feel free to submit whichever pic you love best, though!

Light Source

Natural Light is so flattering and photos taken outside make great portraits!


Indoor portraits are great too. Just avoid submitting photos taken with a harsh pop-up or on-camera flash, which are unflattering. 

Photo Size

A 1mb photo is the minimum size.Most modern cameras and smartphones will be more than adequate. This is usually only an issue for scans of old photos.

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Don't worry too much about the composition, or the layout, of the photo.

If you want a vertical drawing, but your favorite photo is horizontal, not to worry! Just indicate this on your order form.

I crop and adjust all photos submitted. Let me know if you have any ideas, but I'll take care of all that for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does a portrait take to make? 

A: Each person takes approximately 4-6 hours to finish in B&W, more if in color (which is why it costs more). So a four-face portrait in color might take upwards of 30 hours to finish.

Q: Do you work from photographs or in 


A: Photographs only. I manipulate them in a photo editing program, and compare my drawing to the photograph at certain intervals to ensure a true likeness!

Q: How do I choose a picture to use, I have so many! 

A: Check out the Choosing Section on this page for suggestions on how to pick one out. Basically, the more natural, the better, and watch out for harsh shadows or flash. 

Q: Can I order a picture in a different size than you offer? 

A: To a certain extent, yes. Please Contact Me and we'll discuss pricing and logistics. 

Q: Do you draw pets? 

A: Sure! I don't normally draw animals, but I'm open to almost anything!

Q: Do you draw celebrities? 

A: No. The exception is if you have personally taken a photo of/with a celebrity. 

Q: I have a picture I want drawn, but I don't like their outfit. Can you change it? 

A: Nothing too drastic. I can leave out the printed words/pictures/patterns on the shirt without problem, but I can't remove a hat or glasses. If you have requests, Contact Me first before ordering.

Q: When will I get the portrait? 

A: Depending on the season, it will take about 10 days to have the portrait in your hands from the day I receive your order.


Q: Can I pay in Cash or Check? 

A: I accept cash from Portland Locals. I do not accept personal checks, but I will take Money Orders and Cashier's Checks. Please see options during checkout in The Portraits Store

Q: Are you able to merge multiple photos into one? 

A: I want to say yes, but it's pretty complicated. I have to take into consideration light and shadow, as well as camera angles. Basically if the images are from the same day at the same place, facing the same direction, then yes (Ex: You took three separate pictures of your kids at the park, each facing the same way so that the sun is on the same side of each face). Otherwise it just does not end up looking right. 


Ordering Process

Feeling Ready to Order?

Step One: Place your order in the Portraits Store

Alternate Step One: Email me directly with your order details.

This must include:

  • The photo you want drawn

  • Whether you want b&w or color

  • The dimensions (special sizes may incur a price adjustment)

  • The orientation (vertical or horizontal)

  • Payment Method (money order, cashier's check, PayPal, Venmo, or cash for Portland Locals)

  • Other special Requests

Step Two: Wait for a message from me confirming the details, then send payment.

Step Three: Wait patiently while I work on your order. If I have questions, I'll email you!

Feeling Hesitant?

Step One: Contact me First! Send me your questions, concerns, and ideas, as well as the photo you're thinking about submitting.

  • Not sure which photo to choose? Send me a couple and I'll help pick one.

Step Two: I'll contact you and answer your concerns, get more details regarding size, composition, etc., until you feel ready to order. 

Step Three: If possible, place your order in the Portraits Store or confirm payment method with me via email.

Step Four: Wait patiently while I work on your order. If I have questions, I'll email you!

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