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Portrait Commissions

The process of commissioning a portrait is really straightforward and Sophie is happy to advise on all aspects of composition, style and size, and is also open to bespoke and more unusual requests so just ask away if you have an idea.


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Get in touch

We can chat by email or phone to discuss your portrait, the subject/s, preferred size, pose and medium (pencil or pastel).  I'm also open to more unusual requests so just ask away if you have an idea.


Your reference photo

Sophie works exclusively from photos. 


The reference photo is the most important part of the whole process. The clearer, brighter and better quality the image, the more detailed she can make the portrait.


How to take the best shot:

* The subject should be the focus, filling the lens without too much background and most importantly with their eyes open.

* The image should preferably be taken at or near their level. 

* Try to find an image that captures your beloved's spirit and personality.

Once you have taken your photos, please email them to Feel free to send a few, Sophie can discuss with you which is best for the portrait.


Before commencement, a £50 deposit must be paid. The balance is due on completion.



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Finishing touches

All original portraits and silhouettes come mounted in a classic black, white or natural frame. Should you prefer to choose your own frame, it can be sent unframed. Alternatively, I can advise on bespoke framing.



As soon as your portrait is finished, Sophie will email you to arrange delivery/shipping.  Please be advised that although your drawing is sprayed with a fixative that prevents smudges, it should never be touched as it is still possible to smear the graphite which sadly is irreversible.


All original portraits are elegantly wrapped in black paper and ivory ribbon or raffia, before being placed in a protective box to ensure safe transit. 


UK: Free Royal Mail tracked delivery on all bespoke commissions

Europe, USA and further afield: please contact for a quote as it depends on the size and destination. 


For international orders, Sophie often sends A3 and A2 portraits in postal tubes to ensure their protection. However framed portraits can also be sent. A5 and A4 can be sent framed.




T:   07850 100 881

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