Choosing Your Photo
the right photo for your pencil portrait is very important,
since the quality and clarity will influence how your
portrait turns out. Please choose a photo with lots
of detail. That allows me to incorporate that detail
and realism into your portrait. See
two portraits next to the original photos below.
know it can be a challenge, especially with group
shots, to get the perfect picture. However, I can
help you by taking people from several different pictures,
and combining them into one beautiful pencil portrait.
I can also adjust other elements, such as the background,
clothes, hair, teeth, etc. Please let me know about
your special requests.
to choose the best picture for your pencil portrait:
Choose a color or black and white
photo where the face
size is at least 3.5"x 3.5", and in focus.
If possible, never choose a faded, blurry, or grainy
photo. (I understand with some older photos these
factors may be an unavoidable issue, especially if
it is the only photo of a person, pet, or object available.
I can work with you under these circumstances, and
try to create a portrait. Keep in mind however, that
I may only be able to draw a small size portrait,
and it may not have as much detail because of the
quality of the photo.)
Choose a photo that is correctly exposed and has good
contrast. Do not choose a photo where the subject
is "whited out" by the flash. Pictures taken
in natural light with good contrast tend to work best.
If in digital format, such as JPEG, your photo still
needs to be of sufficient size and resolution. Please
scan at at least 150 pixels per inch, and ensure the
JPEG quality is high to prevent blurriness or stray
Photos of nudity or violence, and copyrighted photos
will not be accepted. Refusing a portrait on the basis
of the photo is left up solely to the discretion of
the artist, Nicole I. Hamilton.
can be sent by e-mail or postal mail. Sending by e-mail
greatly expedites the process, however if you wish
to send a photo by mail, I will provide you with the
address. If sending by postal mail, please only send
copies of photos, not the original. All pictures will
be sent back with your pencil portrait.
are two pencil portraits next to their original photos:
you have a photo you would like me to look at and
tell you if it will work for a pencil portrait, please
send the photo and a brief message to me at email@example.com.
will be happy to give you a free consultation.
Pencil Portraits Information: Framing
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