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Our professional artists transform cherished photos into 100% authentic pencil portraits on premium heavyweight paper. Over 2,000 4.8-star reviews and more than 10,000 commissions successfully delivered.

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A man holding up a framed charcoal portrait drawing of himself, crafted by a local artist specializing in portrait drawing near him.


Starts from $129

Hand-made on canson paper by a proficient artist using Charcoal powder with a dry brush technique. Choose from rolled or framed options.

A woman displaying a charcoal portrait of a couple and baby commissioned by a portrait drawer.


Starts from $89

100% hand-sketched onto fine art paper by a skilled artist. Charcoal sketches have a darker undertone. Available rolled or framed.

 A picture of a family holding a framed pencil portrait done from a photo.


Starts from $89

Hand-drawn entirely by a skilled artist on fine art paper, pencil sketches have a lighter undertone. Choose from rolled or framed options.

A man showcasing a colored pencil portrait of a house, created by a portrait maker.


Starts from $129

Meticulously hand-sketched by a proficient artist on fine art paper. Colored pencil sketches offer a captivating interplay of vibrant undertones. Choose from rolled or framed options.

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Capture Your Vision, Every Detail Matters

Personalize your custom portrait by incorporating multiple photos, ensuring that every cherished face and playful moment is captured. Preview the final result before ordering, and share your desired delivery date for a timely arrival. Need advice on backgrounds or unique gift ideas? Send us an e-mail at , call us toll-free (888) 406-3377 (Available 24/7) or SMS at (786) 708-0144. Our dedicated team is here to guide you at every step.

What Our Valued Customers Are Saying

Real Voices, Real Experiences

Henry Innes, AZ, United States

I was in a jam about getting a birthday present for a woman, turning 90, who I consider my Mom. I had a short time frame to get this done and Whataportrait came through with flying colors. It was delivered on time and turned out perfect. Many thanks to them and I plan on using them again.

Irma Holt, TX, United States

I did receive the artwork in great condition and it is fantastic.I will present it to her at a dinner that is going to take place on the 30th of this month and will be sure to capture her on video as she sees it. Thank you so much,job well done!!!!!

Larry Carrocci, Ontario, Canada

This is the site that I would again and again hands down.

Brian Lorenz, SC, United States

I wanted to make sure the side of the building is part of the picture, the window with the writing on it was very important, Thats where my mother in law worked and they met. She absolutely loved it. We hung it up immediately. It's the best gift I've ever given. Whataportrait is a Treasure Chest.

Anautica Wilson, NC, United States

I received a painting from this company and it came out great! They gave suggestions based on the type of portrait I wanted and responded promptly whenever I had questions. I would definitely shop with them again for more photographs.

Rachel Edwards, Virginia, United States

I love this company, the artist, and quality of work! I will use them again for all my future art needs. The picture that I received is absolutely perfect and my friends and family were equally amazed. I also loved how I could speak with the artist and they let me know once it was completed and shipped. Definitely great experience all around!

Quality first

Each commission is flawless and meticulously detailed. Premium materials ensure lasting beauty. Our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee stands strong.

Complimentary Layouts

Our team carefully evaluates your photos and optimizes them. Complimentary layouts for your approval offer a clear preview of the final piece.

Superior Customer Experience

Our ordering is seamless, with personalized assistance for perfect results. Shipping occurs after you approve the custom artwork preview. Our dedication to exceptional customer service sets us apart.

Capture More than a Likeness

100% Handmade Authenticity

In a world transitioning rapidly to digital reproductions, our pencil portraits stand as a testament to genuine, hand-drawn artistry. Each piece exemplifies authenticity, capturing the essence that machines simply cannot replicate.

Sketched by Professional Artists

Our team consists of seasoned artists, deeply passionate about translating photos into lifelike pencil sketch portraits. Their dedication and expertise echo in every stroke, offering you unparalleled beauty and precision.

Personalized Just For You

Our team consists of seasoned artists, deeply passionate about translating photos into lifelike pencil sketches. Their dedication and expertise echo in every stroke, offering you unparalleled beauty and precision.

Preserving a Timeless Tradition

In the digital age, we are the torchbearers of a rich artistic heritage. By choosing us, you're making a statement, supporting and embracing the revered tradition of hand drawing.

Personalized Just For You

Every memory, story, and emotion you share is precious. We ensure they're beautifully encapsulated in each line and shade, resonating a personal touch that deeply connects and moves.

Timeless Artistry for Generations

Our portraits are not mere art pieces; they are memories set on high-quality paper, destined to last and be shared across generations, narrating tales of yesteryears.

An Eco-Conscious Artistic Choice

Embracing our handmade art isn't only about valuing authenticity; it's an environmentally considerate choice, endorsing a sustainable and eco-friendly approach in the realm of art.

Merging Memories into One Portrait

Bring together loved ones from separate photos into one cohesive masterpiece. Our team skillfully integrates individuals and pets from various moments, ensuring a seamless and unified family portrait, no matter the source.

Frequently asked questions

Why commission a pencil portrait?

Commissioning a pencil portrait offers a timeless way to capture life's cherished moments. Unlike digital prints, hand-drawn portraits carry a personal touch, showcasing the artist's dedication and passion in every stroke. They not only encapsulate memories but also preserve the age-old tradition of manual artistry. Furthermore, a pencil portrait provides a unique, personalized keepsake or gift that stands out due to its authenticity and detailed craftsmanship.

Why Is a pencil sketch portrait a good gift?

A pencil drawing portrait stands out as a heartfelt and timeless gift. Unlike commonplace digital photos, a hand-drawn portrait carries a touch of authenticity, offering a refreshing deviation from the digital norm. Some compelling reasons include:

  • An Unforgettable Memory: A pencil portrait can capture a cherished memory, amplifying its emotional significance for the recipient.
  • A Special Moment: The sheer surprise and joy a portrait brings to the receiver create an unparalleled, heart-touching experience.
  • A Unique Gift: In an age dominated by digital prints, a hand-drawn portrait is unexpected and distinctive, setting it apart from typical presents.
  • Universal Appeal: Not bound by age or gender, a pencil portrait is a versatile gift that resonates with everyone, holding a lasting charm.
  • Beyond Color: While a pencil portrait might be monochromatic, the memories and emotions it evokes are vivid, capturing the essence of the moment.

Considering a heartwarming gift that resonates deeply? Choose a pencil drawing portrait, a tribute to both art and emotion.

Why do people love portraits?

Portraits transcend mere visual representation; they capture the essence, culture, psychology, and the broader societal context of the subject. More than just showcasing appearances, they offer a deeper insight into:

  • Personality: Through expressions and demeanor, a portrait unveils nuances of an individual's character and emotions.
  • Cultural Context: Elements like attire, jewelry, or background can hint at the subject's cultural heritage or societal status.
  • Historical Significance: Portraits often freeze a moment in time, providing glimpses into bygone eras, traditions, and evolving societal norms.
  • Artistic Interpretation: Beyond just replication, the artist's style and techniques can add layers of meaning, making each portrait a unique piece of art.

In essence, people love portraits not just for the face they display but for the stories, emotions, and histories they silently convey.