Pencil Portraits start with your favorite photos.

A good reference photo will make the difference between a good portrait, and a GREAT portrait.

 

Portraits can be created from one or a few photos. The best reference photos are ones that clearly show the subject of your portrait with as many details as possible.

High resolution images or printed photos are best for me to work from. The clearer your photo is, the better a completed portrait will look. If reference photos are not clearly in focus I cannot see (and draw) what you already know.

Photo quality is important. When details like eyes remain clear in a photo when zooming in on a computer, tablet or phone screen, those are great photos to work from! (For portrait requests using older photo/s, it can be possible to create a portrait if I can see some of the details.)

Close ups are good!


 

Tips for choosing photos:

  1. Choose digital photos with the highest resolution possible and that clearly show the subject you wish to have drawn. Print photos should show the subject clearly and be at least a 4”x 6” size.

  2. When you zoom into the photos you like, features like the eyes should remain in focus. If they break up, that means I won’t be able to see the details to draw them in. If details are missing, I will be “guessing” on how they look in real life.

  3. Choose photos that show subjects close up or that have good contrast between lights and darks. Interesting lighting will add character including reference photos that show a subject from head to toe. Head to shoulders or mid chest usually work very well. I can work from a selection of photos. Send as many as you like!

Tips for taking photos:

  1. Get in close to your subjects. Take photos from chest or mid torso up for great headshots with lots of detail.

  2. Get sharp focus on your subject. When taking photos with a mobile phone, touch your screen to lock in the focus on the area you want first, then take the photo. Eyes are a great area to focus in on.

  3. Get to your subject’s eye level. For kids and pets, if you get down to their eye level to take a photo, it will look more true to life as we see them with our human eyes (as opposed to taking a photo pointing down from our eye level as we stand).

  4. Wait for a great shot. When you see your pet playing with a toy, or falling asleep in front of a window with great light, take a photo. The more the better for great portrait compositions. Same goes for kids or other people whom you would like to have a portrait created of. Wait for that great moment with expression and lighting to enhance them.

  5. Go outside. Outdoor natural lighting is great for photos. Cloudy days or sunrise/sunset times are wonderful for lighting all subjects.


I’m a portrait photographer. You can also book a session with me to have some reference photos taken of your favorite people, pets or sentimental subjects.


Sending Photos:

  1. The best way to send me your photo submissions is through email attached at the largest size possible. You can also use We Transfer to directly send to me, or use something like your Dropbox or Google Drive account to share and send.

  2. If you only have print photos, I can arrange to meet you in person to pick up from you, or you can drop by my home studio to bring to me. I’ll create a digital image of your print photos to work from.

  3. Sending photos through text is possible as well, as long as the original image size remains intact.

 
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"Dear Sarah, my family and I would like to thank you for the amazing portrait of Karen. You captured her beauty and soul. It was a pleasure working with an artist that cares about details and perfection. I recommend everyone to have Sarah draw a portrait of your special someone, so they may live on through her work and in your hearts."  Gord Kerr

"Dear Sarah, my family and I would like to thank you for the amazing portrait of Karen. You captured her beauty and soul. It was a pleasure working with an artist that cares about details and perfection. I recommend everyone to have Sarah draw a portrait of your special someone, so they may live on through her work and in your hearts." Gord Kerr


Ideas for a portrait:

  • A special wedding, anniversary or milestone birthday gift.

  • An In Memoriam or Celebration of Life piece of a beloved family member, friend or loved one.

  • Unique collections or "Hall of Fame" displays for your corporation, association or business that proudly showcase your history and success over the years; and for impressing and rewarding your valued associates at award ceremonies and presentations.

  • Your beloved pets, favorite animals, prized car, childhood home, or other subject of sentimental meaning.

 

They are one of a kind offerings for a special occasion or just because; for others or yourself, as part of a collection, or individual pieces. Unique original gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, celebrations of life, milestone events, or for a reason that holds significance for you. Portraits can be pre-purchased as a gift card, custom framed, made into beautiful prints, and recreated into custom cards, to proudly display and share with others.

 

A little bit of your heart and soul go into each portrait. A whole lot of passion, creativity and love go into each one.

Send me your portrait idea and favorite photo/s to portraitsbysarah@hotmail.com or send through We Transfer. I’ll offer you advice and guide you through the process to have your portrait created.