Pencil & watercolor portraits from your photos
Welcome! I'm Mike Theuer, a professional portrait artist. I turn your photos into pencil portraits and watercolor portraits by hand. My style is expressive, so you'll see pencil lines in my drawings and brush strokes in my paintings. I also pay close attention to light and shadow so my drawings and paintings appear to glow. Accuracy is important too since I am a retired, PSU art teacher.
How to order one of my portraits
- Submit my order form. Tell me your ideas. FYI I can combine separate photos.
- Attach your digital photo. Or mail a paper photo later.
- Discuss your ideas by email.
- Pay by credit card, check, or PayPal—PayPal offers free financing for 6 months.
- Receive a finished pencil portrait or watercolor portrait worldwide in around 2 to 5+ weeks plus shipping. Plus get a digital version by email.
Your photograph tells me a lot
It gives me a gut feeling. And I try to draw that feeling into your pencil portrait, or paint it into your watercolor portrait.
For example, this close-up photo of a black Labrador gave me the sense he wanted to be hugged. So you'll notice I drew his pencil portrait with fluffier edges like a teddy bear.
This photo of twin baby brothers impressed me with character. So I omitted the background to focus on them only. Plus I used pencil lines with strength.
I laughed when I saw this photo of a beagle. So I rotated his photo up and brightened the corners. I wanted his watercolor portrait to be 'looking up' like the corners of his smile.
And sometimes a photo makes me feel like everything is perfect exactly as it is!
How to choose a portrait artist online
Have you looked online for an artist?
Maybe you want an artist to draw a favorite photograph of your pet? Draw a pencil portrait of your parents' old wedding photo, or paint a watercolor portrait of your baby from a studio photo? Then you've noticed there are a lot of online artists to choose from!
Here are some tips that will help you pick the best online artist for you.
- ✓ Skilled ― does the portrait artist capture the subject? Look for an artist whose pencil portraits and watercolor portraits include reference photos so you can compare and gauge the artist's skill at capturing a likeness.
- ✓ Appealing ― does the portrait artist make a great first impression? Look for an artist whose watercolor portraits and pencil portraits make you smile.
- ✓ Consistent ― is the portrait artist consistent? Look for an artist with lots of samples. If the sample pencil portraits and watercolor portraits are all good, then your portrait will be just as good! BEWARE art companies. Art companies sign their portraits with the company name. This is partly because they hire a stream of artists. Meaning the samples they display on their website may not be from the artist you'll get.
- ✓ Current ― is the portrait artist current? Look for an artist whose pencil portraits and watercolor portraits are dated this year. If not, that artist may be out of practice.
- ✓ Reasonable ― is the portrait artist worth the price? Look for an artist whose price makes you think you would gladly pay that amount for a watercolor portrait or a pencil portrait.
- ✓ Trustworthy ― is the portrait artist someone you can trust? Look for an artist who has been in business a long while, the longer the better. And whose customers recommend him or her throughout that time. Such an artist will likely continue to do his or her best to keep your business.
- by Mike Theuer , 2013