Pencil Portraits of People and Pets from Photographs

My name is Mike and I draw pencil portraits drawings on size A3, A4 or A5 extra smooth surface drawing pads.

I am a self-taught Pencil Portraits Artist with 10 years of experience drawing pencil portraits commissions. I provide good quality drawings of people and pets drawn from client/customers photographs. Pencil portraits will make a great personalised gift for any occasion such as, Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, Weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas Day. My most popular drawings from photographs are for pets. These include dogs, cats, horses or any animal you believe to be a pet. I can promise that I will capture the likeness and even the mood of the subject in your photograph.

Read testimonials from previous clients/customers to find out what they had to say about my pencil portraits and contact me with your photo to commission/order a unique pencil drawing. Overseas orders are welcome.


Sketch of a DogPortrait Drawing of a GirlDrawing of a CatPencil Portraits of a Weddings

How It Works

  • First of all complete my order form, uplode your photo(s) and pay 20% deposit.
  • On receipt of order form and photo(s) I will check the photo(s) for quality and email you to confirm receipt and summary of your order.
  • When pencil portrait is complete, first of all I will issue an email with image of the pencil portrait(s) for you to review and approve.
  • Then, If you approve, a link within the email will request the remaining 80% balance to be paid via PayPal.
  • Finally, when I receive confirmation of payment from PayPal I will pack pencil portrait(s) in a padded envelope and ship via Royal Mail.
  • In addition, Pencil portrait will take within 1 to 6 weeks to complete depending on workload and date pencil portrait(s) required.


The photograph(s) you send to me should be clear and sharp. The quality and clarity of the photo will influence how much detail I can include in the pencil portrait. Therefore a clear and focused photo will allow me to create a realistic pencil portrait. I can only draw what I see, therefore if the details are blurry or of low quality, the pencil portraits will reflect this. High-resolution photos are preferable – the higher the better.

I also spray each portrait with gloss varnish which forms a colourless glass clear coating, as a result this prevents smearing and smudging.

Commissioning Pencil Portraits

If you are thinking about commissioning me to draw from your photograph please view my price and information page. A full list of sizes I work with and prices are available. A non-refundable 20% deposit will be required to secure your order.

You can pay deposit when you complete my order-form and click on submit button. I accept all major debit or credit card using PayPal. When I receive the completed order form or contact form, I will reply as soon as I can to confirm receipt and request non-refundable 20% deposit if not already paid.


  1. I saw an example of MCB Pencil Portraits work on a friend’s Facebook page and was blown away at how perfect the image produced was. This gave me the idea of what to give my gorgeous partner for Christmas. I simply sent a photo by email and I was sent back the beautiful image below, all done by hand, just wonderful! The cost was remarkably inexpensive and payment was easy to make through the link provided. I suggest that these portraits are a lovely personal gift, or memory for someone, totally unique and charming. Highly recommended! Thank you! M x. Melanie – Shrewsbury
  2. I sent Mike two photos of my dad who passed away last year and the quality of the photos were not the best but Mike said he could definitely do a portrait for me. Wow!!! I have just received the finished portrait and it brought tears to my eyes. It was so lifelike, the features were perfect. Thank you ever so much. My mum is going to love her 70th Birthday surprise gift. Mike’s work is amazing, he is a very talented artist. Teresa – Shrewsbury
  3. My portrait was a birthday gift for my friend of her and her father who had passed away so the quality of the portrait was very important to me. I wasn’t able to provide the best quality picture so was unsure how the portrait would turn out, I was pleasantly surprised and my friend loved it. Sharon – Walsall
  4. My portraits were amazing! A true likeness to my photos and excellent quality! A professional service , delivered as arranged and on time. Made a great Christmas gift to keep forever. THANK YOU. Linda – Birmingham