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The key to getting the perfect portrait is communication. As soon as you have all the information/gone through the steps please get in touch and I'll guide you through the whole process every step of the way.

Please have a read through my terms and conditions to ensure you're aware of important key factors. I will always gladly answer any questions you have and advise on how to get the best portrait possible.

Prices very much depend on what you'd like me to draw and the quality of your reference photo. To get an idea of what your portrait could cost I have put together a Price Guide at the bottom of this page. For an accurate personal quote please get in touch.


Find the best photo of the subject that you would like to be drawn.


Choose a size of paper you would like your picture to be drawn on.


Choose a medium you would like your picture to be drawn with.


Think about when you would like the picture to be completed by.


Think about whether you'd like to get prints of your finished portrait - perfect as a gift

Step 1

Choose a high quality photo.

The first and most important element of the process is your photo(s). The best way for me to view your photo(s) is if you send the original(s) by email to The photo(s) must ideally be of high resolution so that I can see as many details of the face as possible.


If you are able to take a photograph especially for your portrait, you can find some tips in my photo guide (opens in a new tab).

If you only have low resolution photos, then please get in touch so I can see if I’m able to work with them. The key is good communication - I pride myself on building a great relationship with my clients and maintaining excellent contact throughout the process. I’m friendly, approachable and reliable so when you first get in touch rest assured you’re in good hands and we’ll work together to get the best portrait possible.

Comparison of blurry picture with sharp picture.
Step 1
Pots of pens and pencils.

Step 2

Choose your medium.

I can draw your portrait in pencil, colour pencil, charcoal, ballpoint pen, acrylic pen or a combination.


Have a look through my Galleries to get an idea of what each media looks like.


If you know exactly what you want that’s great, but if you need a little help deciding I can advise you as much as you need.

Step 2

Step 3

Choose your paper.

All portraits are drawn on high quality artists paper, usually either Bristol Board smooth or heavyweight cartridge paper.

The type of paper I use depends largely on what I’m drawing with. Once we’ve decided on a medium I’ll advise you of the types of paper that can be used and how each paper type will effect the overall finish of your portrait.

Pad of Bristol paper.
Step 3
Calendar on table with flowers and pencil on top.

Step 4

Think about your desired completion date.

My average lead time is six months.

If you have a deadline within this time frame then please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do.

Step 4

Step 5

Consider whether you would like prints of your portrait.

Prints would make an ideal gift for loved ones (see Price Guide below for prices).

All commissioned portraits are copyrighted in my name – Nik Courtney. Only I can make copies/prints for you. I outsource printing to get the best quality giclee prints. Please see the terms and conditions page for full details about copyright.

Please get in touch to discuss print requirements.

Stacked drawings of young girl.
Step 5

Price Guide

Measurements of paper size are:


A4 (21.0 × 29.7 cm or 8.27 × 11.69 inches) 

A3 (29.7 x 42.0 cm or 11.69 x 16.53 inches) 


Prices below are in GBP.

If you require your portrait to be drawn on any other size paper or are thinking of a group portrait please contact me using my contact details below.

Get a Quote

Finally when you are ready, please contact me by using the details below and I will be happy to discuss your needs in more detail and provide your with a quote.

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