17 Pencil Portraits – a personal portfolio of drawings

Here is a selection of some of the pencil portraits I have drawn over the last few years. All my pencil portraits are usually A3 size, and I work from photographs. I either use Chuck Close’s method of using a grid system (the long method), or I use a light box / stencil to draw the outline, and then shade from looking at a photograph (cheater, haha!).. I tend to draw famous people, musicians / actors / actresses etc, or film / TV characters, as I am an avid film / TV / music fan… hope you enjoy looking through my lil selection, hehe…

Film / TV characters:


(My drawing of Daenerys Targaryen, from ‘Game of Thrones’)


(My drawing of Jack Torrance, from ‘The Shining’)


(My drawing of Rachael, from ‘Blade Runner’)


(My drawing of Norman Bates, from ‘Psycho’)


(My drawing of Freddy Krueger, from ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’)


(My drawing of William Wallace, from ‘Braveheart’)


(My drawing of The Joker, from ‘The Dark Knight’)


(My drawing of Hannibal Lecter, from ‘The Silence of the Lambs’)


(My drawing of Yoda, from ‘Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy’)


(My drawing of Edward Scissorhands, from ‘Edward Scissorhands’)


(My drawing of Neytiri, from ‘Avatar’)

Famous people:


(My drawing of Bob Dylan – musician)


(My drawing of Jimi Hendrix – musician)


(My drawing of Marilyn Monroe – actress)


(My drawing of Angelina Jolie – actress)


(My drawing of Amanda Palmer – musician)


(My drawing of Bill Hicks – comedian)

I studied Fine Art at A-level (10 years ago, damn I’m getting old lol). My drawings were super hyper-realistic when I was younger, I’ve sort of ‘lost it’ as I’ve got older, because I practise less perhaps, but I still think my attempts are not tooooo bad (hope you agree…haha!) …

I absolutely love drawing, especially portraits. I don’t know why but I just love ‘capturing’ an iconic moment, which is probably why I’m also interested in photography, the idea of ‘capturing’ something pretty, hehe… There’s nothing more therapeutic for me than sat with some pencils and paper, earphones in, cup of tea on the table…that’s my bliss, just lovely.

I intend to draw more personal portraits for people, such as of friends and family (just as a hobby, not professionally). I’m actually working on a big family portrait at the moment, an A1 size of three subjects which is much bigger than I usually attempt, I hope it turns out alright! I might even incorporate some flowers around the edge, and a watercolour effect…

…so watch this space! 🙂


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