Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I order a portrait drawing?

  1. Contact me – tell me what you are envisaging and ask as many questions as you wish.
  2. Send Photos for layout design and pricing – High Resolution (not blurred) photos are required. I will show you ideas and options for your portrait and provide you with pricing.
  3. Approve price and layout
  4. Sign Commission Contract – I will send you a commission contract specifying the details of size, medium, deliver date and price of the portrait.
  5. Send deposit – 50% of agreed commission fee. Only payments via PayPal are accepted.
  6. Watch the portrait develop – If requested, personal emails can be sent with images of my progress as the portrait develops.
  7. Approve completed portrait – I will send you a final scan (or photograph for larger works) via email. Once you are completely satisfied then the final commission fee balance is due, plus any additional postage and packing fees.


Liara pastel2. How do I chose the right reference photo?

Please check my photography tips for more information.


3. How much do I have to pay for a portrait drawing or illustration?

Prices vary, but you can find some basic prices on my pricing page. For an exact quote please contact me.


4. How long does it take you to do a portrait drawing from a picture?

The length of time depends on the size of the drawing, and on the degree of difficulty of the subject. For instance, a single graphite pencil portrait size of A4 (29,7 x 21,0cm) with white background takes me about 6-12 hours, which I often divide over 3-4 evenings or a weekend.


5. Can I see more examples of your work?

Yes, in my Portfolio. Please know that it is nearly impossible for a photo to do justice to a drawing. In a photo the drawings always appear slightly muddy, and the delicate pencil marks and subtle details are unfortunately lost. On the bright side, if you like the photo of the drawing you will most likely like the real drawing even better. Also, my online portfolio is not as extensive as the works I have done. Not everyone gives permission to have their realistic portraits published online. I respect everyone’s privacy.


6. Do you also draw from live models?

At present time, I do not draw from live models. To get to the desired level of realistic detail that I like to achieve in my portraits, it would be very time consuming for both myself and the posing model. I prefer to draw from a picture, and then I can take my time to capture all the fine lines and the facial expression of the subject as realistically as possible.


7. Why should I consider a portrait?

A portrait focuses only on the subject eliminating all the distracting background. My aim is not only to capture the physical likeness but most importantly, the spirit and soul of your loved one. My portraits are professional, true-to-life renditions. If you are looking for an inexpensive quick sketch, a pop art like portrait, I recommend my Marker portraits, but most of my portraits are meticulously drawn and time consuming and when I am done, they will look like a realistic fine art drawing of your loved one.


8. Do you offer Gift Certificates?

Yes, and I am happy to personalize it at your specification.


9. Can I get my portrait framed?

To safe on shipping cost I will be shipping the original portrait directly to you unframed. You will need to take it to the framing shop of your choice.


10. Will the portrait smudge or turn yellow?

No. I coat it with an archival/UV protection artists’ varnish. Also the portrait won’t yellow since I draw it on high quality acid-free, heavy weight paper.


11. What if I’m not happy with the portrait?

The larger and clearer the photo, the better the drawing can be. I will scan and show you the drawing for your approval before shipping. If you are not satisfied, you are not obligated to buy it.


12. Do you teach or give tutorials on how to draw a portrait?

I am doing workshops in China, but I also try to share as much as possible on my blog and post videos of my drawing process. You can also follow me on Facebook or Instagram for more information and progress pictures of my artwork.