Mini Cart

  • No products in the cart.

Realistic Detailed Custom Portrait Drawing

$59 AUD–$1,420 AUD

sold in last hours
sold in last hours

Highly detailed realistic custom portrait drawings. Hand drawn pencil portraits of people, pets, animals, dogs, cats, horses, birds and more. Quality portrait drawn today starting at $59. Makes a great one of a kind gift idea for loved ones, buy now pay later option afterpay & lay-buy available.

UPDATE : All Christmas orders are currently full, all new orders will not be completed before Christmas and expect completion within the new year. Digital portraits orders are still available and will be completed before Christmas.

Before submitting order please read our Photo Reference Guide

$59 AUD

or make 4 interest-free payments of $15 AUD fortnightly with Afterpay More info

FREE SHIPPING in Australia with orders over $150

Realistic Detailed Custom Portrait Drawings

Realistic detailed custom portrait drawings are completely hand drawn on museum grade archival watercolor papers and conjunction of using only acid-free products tapes, materials and protected with 3 layers of workable fixative to ensure the longevity of the product will stand the test of time.

Because we go above and beyond with this premium product we make sure the end product has just the right amount detail creating a sense the artwork is more than just a copy of a photo but giving a sense of catching the spirit of the person/pet. This requires a longer process building tone gradually to ensure no damage is done to the paper creating top-notch realistic effects.

The process of detailed realistic pencil portrait drawings

Custom detailed portrait drawings of people, pets and animals. Dog portrait drawingCustom detailed portrait drawings of people, pets and animals. Dog portrait drawing Ref 2Custom detailed portrait drawings of people, pets and animals. Dog portrait drawing Digital ProofCustom detailed portrait drawings of people, pets and animals. Dog portrait drawing complete

Step 1 (*Approx 1-5 working days depending on customers changes etc)

The first step is to create your vision digitally using image software with the photos supplied whilst following the brief set out by the customer. Doing this digitally is a quick way for us to colour correct and position subjects in the portrait giving the customer a good idea what the artist has in mind before even putting pencil to paper.

This is where most of the alterations and changes tend to happen between the artist and customer, we will work closely with the customer making sure they're satisfied before moving onto the next step. This will be handled via emailing proofs by default however we can converse over facebook messenger if preferred, this tends to speed up the process.

Step 2 (*Approx 5-12 working days)

So once you are satisfied with the digital proof we then proceed with creating the portrait using the photos and digital proof as references to moving forward drawing the portrait. This steps turnaround tends to widely vary depending on the size, subjects, and details of the portrait.

Step 3 (*Approx 1-3 working days)

The last and final step is when we email you the final proof, at this stage we're are able to make slight changes prior sealing your portrait with fixative, this seals the graphite/carbon/charcoal from smudging once stored in its archival sleeve. As soon as you say you're satisfied with the outcome we begin to pack your artwork and ship it within 48hrs with your chosen shipping method set by you at checkout.

*these are an approximate timeframe to be used as a guide in regular situations, many things such as multiple changes of artwork and current workload during busy times may impact those mentioned here. You will be notified if there are any delays to increased workloads when adding to cart prior to purchasing the product.

Portrait Pencil Drawing - Photo reference guide & tips

Just about everything that makes a great pencil portrait drawing is a good photo reference or multiple references. We suggest choosing photos that best display subjects personality & features. Something unique, quirky or even cheesy create brilliant pencil drawn portraits.

Using More than one image

Multiple references are great also we can combine photos to create group drawings of multiple subjects, however, we suggest being mindful when doing this best method is to find images that have similar perspectives and lighting. (It looks kinda odd, somewhat disjointed if they don't match up)

Removing details, adding details

During the process of the drawing we can also remove or add certain details you may wish to take out of the photo or something added or changed. (remove necklace, add a different background, remove leashes on pets etc)  Make sure you describe what you would like done in the brief so we can best decide how to use the photos supplied. Again be mindful of perspectives and lighting.

Original Portrait - pencil portrait drawingsDog Portrait Drawing - Pencil portrait drawing

What to look for when choosing reference photos

Good contrasting photos with natural light source casting nice shadows of the subject work the best. Close-ups and focused photos (not blurry) enable us to gain a lot of detail within our pencil portrait drawings, that and a having a high-resolution image all help better represent in the final piece. We'll go as far as drawing skin pores, peoples unique wrinkles etc if it's something that will enhance the overall drawing within our detailed realistic pencil drawings.
High-quality full resolution photos help a lot when doing the finer details enabling us to zoom into certain details, we can only do so much with a poor quality photo and if that's all you have we may suggest getting a sketch rather than a detailed drawing. If unsure just contact us and we'll suggest the better option on the photos, you've supplied.

Digital Proofing

We can and do apply photo corrections and edit photos using Photoshop and other drawing applications to achieve an overall better result come time to draw. When ordering the detailed portrait drawing you will receive a digital proof of how your drawings will look like regarding lighting, shading, and composition.

We find doing a digital proof and correct things with you during earlier stages rather than during drawing or after drawing process. Drawing on paper and erasing with many changes will damage the fibers of the paper which neither I nor you would like. That's why we like to start digital then finish with a handmade pencil drawing.

Original - Pet Dog Pencil Portrait Drawing Dog portrait drawing - Pet Dog Pencil Portrait Drawing

Rather us check the images?

Just remember better the reference photo is, better detailed the result will be. Your satisfaction is important to us if any of this confuses you? or unsure of the photos quality contact us, we'll check them out and help you choose before you even commit to an order. 

Custom detailed portrait drawings of people, pets and animals. Dog portrait drawing

With our custom detailed portraits we go the extra mile to ensure we create your portrait with the ultimate in permanence using acid free, archival 100% cotton paper. High-quality cotton fiber paper is known to last hundreds of years without appreciable fading, discoloration, or deterioration when treated carefully following certain standards.

With sketch drawings we use a variety of quality acid free papers depending on variant selections made in the brief.

Most papers eventually break down over a period of time varying depending on how & what's been used to make it. Lucky for you everything we use to create your portrait are top artist grade, acid free materials including the archival storage sleeve your portrait gets shipped & stored in.

So now that we have do everything we possibly can to ensure the longevity of your artwork. There's just a few things I feel are worth mentioning and some tips about keeping your portrait drawing in pristine condition.


Environment plays a big role in the longevity of your artwork. Light, heat and humidity all have its effect on paper. Too low a humidity can cause paper brittleness, and too high a humidity increases the chance of mold. The lower the storage temperature of paper, the longer it lasts.

It’s said the life of paper is doubled with every decrease of 12°C. Sunlight and ultraviolet light can also cause fading and brittleness. When there’s temperature & humidity fluctuations, over time this weakens the paper causing it expand and contract breaking down paper fibers.

Most of these things are unavoidable in most real life situations but worth keeping in mind when deciding a place to display your portrait. I’d suggest avoid displaying anywhere that's likely to get direct sunlight and avoid wet areas such a bathrooms and kitchens where temperature & humidity are most likely to fluctuate.


Drawings are best suited framed & sealed behind glass, hinged correctly allowing enough air and room so the fibers in the paper to naturally expand and contract limiting damage to the artwork. When complimenting artwork with matting boards and frames it adds to the overall presentation and value of artwork, colored mats & framing material are a personal choice. I suggest knowing beforehand where it’s going to be on display and what you wish to achieve in that overall space before jumping into any ole frame.

<Realistic Dog Portrait Drawing Custom Portrait Drawing Pet Portrait DrawingIf you want the best solution I strongly suggest getting artwork framed by a local professional framer this way the correct archival standards should be upheld when requested. However professional framing option isn’t cheap and it is possible to do it yourself keeping in mind all materials that touch the artwork should be Acid Free if not archival if possible. This includes mounting boards, tapes, matts, glues, adhesives etc.

There are a few cheap DIY solutions such as buying Ikea frames and swapping out mdf backing boards with acid free foam board, buying pre cut acid free window matting online to fit the frame etc.

Just be aware vast majority of these frames that can be bought in larger chain stores usually don’t follow any archival standards to prevent acidic materials leaching into your artwork which will over a period of time causes the paper to yellow and degrade even when the artwork is done on 100% cotton paper.

Touching Artwork

Tempting as it may be touching the artwork when removing it from its archival storage sleeve is not recommended, we strongly suggest not removing it from the archival storage sleeve until you’re ready to frame. Even though the portraits are sprayed with workable fixative giving it a multiple layers of protection that helps prevent accidental smudging by locking graphite on the paper, it’s still not enough protection from our hands. Our skin have natural oils which can in time also cause damage to the drawings.

If you must remove it from its sleeve to frame etc please take care doing so. I’d simply recommend removing jewellery washing hands clean of any chemicals and oils & made dry prior and only touch the outer edges of the paper when positioning it in place. Many professional framers when handling artworks will use clean cotton or polymer gloves.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Just the perfect gift!

I decided on getting a picture of me and my partner custom made. I stumbled across Dan and found his work to be out of this world. The whole process ws perfect! Responds frequently and adjust to your needs. I'm inlove eith the custom drawing. I would post a picture but it is wrapped as a christmas present for my partner. Amazing quality, I recommend Dans Custom Potraits for his amazing quality and cheap prices. Thanks again, Dan!

Great drawing and great service!

Loved it all

Portrait of Kelly

Words fail me when I try to describe the portrait Dan did of our little girl Kelly who passed away some two months ago. He has captured her smile, her joy to absolute perfection and I feel like she's almost come alive again through her drawing. Dan is extremely gifted and I cannot recommend his services high enough. We will most certainly being using him again should we wish to have another portrait done.

I love it!

I ordered this portrait for a friend after her ferret died suddenly. It is beautiful and she loved it and so do I. I will definitely be planning to get more portraits in the future! Thankyou Dan

Beyond amazing

So amazing no words at all - so super talented and has fulfilled our hearts thank you ! 

Thank you for your nice review, ^_^ b
Absolutely Amazing

OMG Dan does such an amazing job, I was so happy with the picture he done for me. I would definitely recommend Dan to anyone wanting something special and professional.

Thanks for your review Emma, glad you liked it.

Portrait Reviews

21 reviews
Instantly In Love

When I first stumbled upon Dan's Custom Portraits,
I had flicked through every last piece of artwork
created and had formed an idea in my mind of
what I wanted.
Filling in the brief, I tried to convey that idea.
Dan's Custom Portraits, had gone above and beyond
my expectations, and provided me with a remarkably
beautiful piece that I instantly fell in love with.
Thank you for your insights and creativity.

So very happy with it. Absolutely awesome. Thankyou I'm sure my son will love it

Just the perfect gift!

I decided on getting a picture of me and my partner custom made. I stumbled across Dan and found his work to be out of this world. The whole process ws perfect! Responds frequently and adjust to your needs. I'm inlove eith the custom drawing. I would post a picture but it is wrapped as a christmas present for my partner. Amazing quality, I recommend Dans Custom Potraits for his amazing quality and cheap prices. Thanks again, Dan!


Absolutely awesome! It's better than I expected. Will definitely be using again thankyou!


Ordered a digital portrait for my aunty who lost her husband 10 years ago this week. He never got a chance to meet his grandchildren so I definitely wanted a portrait of them with the grandkids. Daniel did an absolutely amazing job. The colours are perfect. It had me in tears when I received it. There are definitely going to be tears flowing at christmas when this gift is given. Thanks again Dan