Drawing Specifications

What are the ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ portraits?

Juggling commercial Illustration, my personal artistic practice and sketching for instagram is a lot! It means as I can’t accommodate personal portrait requests all year round I try to open my shop for small portrait commissions for at least a month annually, this helps me streamline the process and give you lovely people what you want! .

This year I have created the ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ portrait commission style as I’ve loved working in this style this year and think you will love it too.

The portraits are hand drawn individual portraits sketched from your photo reference in ‘DARK’ or ‘LIGHT’ styles, on a smooth creamy Strathmore 400 series paper.

These portraits are small and come with an ivory 9x12” picture mount to sit in an A4 frame.

When are the portrait commissions available?

The portraits will be available all summer (June - September) but due to demand the slots will be limited to just 3 a week, dropping every Saturday at midday GMT+1.

If the portraits are sold out for the week, please check back in the following Saturday.

Made from:

Pencil on Strathmore 400 series paper 130gsm - a lightweight creamy coloured paper.

Includes an Ivory 9 x 12 picture mount. A picture mount sits on top of the drawing inside the frame, enhancing the look of the work.


5x6” drawing on 9x12” paper


1. LIGHT - Individual portrait, fully realised single figure/torso, lightly toned hair and outlined - if applicable - or plain background. Thin pencilled border line, (no border line on request).

2. DARK - Individual portrait, fully realised single figure/torso, fully realised hair and clothes. darkly toned background.  Thin pencilled border, (no border line on request).

How to provide a photo & caring for your portrait

How to provide a photo

After ordering go to email references@tsabe.co.uk with your order number as the subject line and attach your reference photo.  If you’d prefer to send over a couple of reference photos to discuss the most suitable please do.

Caring for your portrait

The portraits are drawn on a delicate 130 g/m paper and are shipped placed between a picture mount and thick card. Only handle them directly gently at the corners with clean hands.

Payments & Shipping


All payments are handled securely via STRIPE, APPLE PAY or PAYPAL.

Order fulfilment

The portraits are completed 7 - 10 days from date of order.


Free International shipping available as standard.

All Portrait orders are shipped using Royal Mail Tracked and Signed, aiming to deliver to Europe within 3-5 working days and worldwide within 5-7 working days.


All Portraits are custom made to order and as such no refunds are available. If you have any problems with your order please don’t hesitate to contact shop@tsabe.co.uk