Portraits on paper


A portrait on paper can be a good solution where a clay portrait isn’t possible for some technical reason, or for time limitations – or can simply show a different side of a house. Because we don’t have to wait for the clay’s drying process or the firing cycle, a portrait on paper can be much quicker to achieve, and so may fit the bill when time or budget is tight. Some of Liz’s clients have chosen to have a drawn portrait on paper in addition to their commissioned clay one – the one shown above is an example, and you can see the clay portrait of this lovely Georgian house and barn on the Gallery page of favourite past commissions.


A portrait on paper begins in the same way as the clay portrait: Liz makes a detailed working drawing on graph paper from your photos – the more detailed the better – and then transfers this drawing by hand onto densely textured handmade paper, drawing through the graph paper with a blunt needle to incise the lines into the surface of the thick handmade paper.


This incised outline is then drawn again in pencil, then modelling and light/shading are added, and the drawing sealed. So the portrait is, in effect, drawn three times, brick by brick, and a hand-lettered inscription is often included in the design, either below the drawing or to frame it. The result is a detailed black and white/ grey-tone signed original portrait of your special place, in graphite on acid-free handmade cotton rag paper.


These portraits start at £300 for something very straightforward, and they can be supplied framed or unframed; framing usually adds about £50. Liz is always happy to give an estimate of cost from a photo, and though she usually has a waiting list for clay portraits, she can sometimes fit in a portrait on paper for an earlier date.

Royal London hosp drawing

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