Helen Vidler Portraits

I am a professional portrait artist specialising in hand drawn portraits, mainly of children and pets. On my site you will find information on the different styles of my work, my background and experience, examples of my work, how to take a photo, prices and how to contact me.

I take commissions using mainly digital photos but I can also work from old photographs.  I work closely with clients to produce realistic, high quality portraits. Two additional services are also available. I can supply clients with a USB stick holding the portrait image so that clients are free to use for friends and family as gifts or cards and I can gift wrap the drawing in a beautiful presentation box. See ‘Beautifully Boxed’ page for more information.

 

I can offer a range of styles of portraiture including graphite pencil, and Indian Ink with coloured pencil. I use quality materials including smooth cartridge paper ( Daler & Rowley ) and Steadtler pencils and  Daler & Rowley  Indian Ink. I have also done extensive work in Multitexturals using acrylic paint. I also take commissions for these types of work.

About the artist

I have a first degree ( BA , Hons ) in Fine Art from Bucks New University and a higher degree (MFA) in Fine Art from Reading University. I live in South Bucks with my 2 small children, husband and pets. I have completed many portraiture commissions, mainly in graphite pencil but more recently in the Indian Ink/ coloured pencil style. I have also painted murals for Odds Farm Park, the largest of these being 30ft x 15ft, and for the High Wycombe & District Poultry Society. Before concentrating on portraiture I was a keen wildlife photographer with two of my photos reaching the semi finals of the BP Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. I have also illustrated a poem and drawn a portrait of a man for the front cover of a book. Portraiture is my main focus and even though I have always really enjoyed drawing animals I have found a new passion for drawing children especially after having my son and daughter.

Book cover

Drawing Styles

Pet Portraits

Getting one good photo of your pet is not always that easy. Because of this I sometimes take elements from several photos but work closely to one chosen photo. I draw to a high standard of realism with both graphite pencil or Indian Ink and coloured pencil. Capturing character is one of the most important things when I comes to my work and I pride myself in my ability to do so.

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I work closely with the clients to capture the child’s character. I work as true as possible to one chosen photo to achieve a high standard of realism using the same techniques I use for my pet portraits. Bringing my portraits to life I build up the tones of the skin using a wide range of colour in my pallet.

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Children Portraits

Acrylic on Canvas. I have worked extensively with acrylic building my knowledge with this medium. I work closely to the photo, paying great attention to detail. I balance the realism of the photograph with the artistic touch. Each brush stroke, whether it is hair or fur, is individually applied to build up layers that look almost good enough to stroke.

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Acrylic . Gravel . Jigsaw puzzle pieces . Clout nails . Welsh slate . Bark on board. I have pushed the boundaries on this medium creating this unique signature technique. It draws you in and invites you to look closely at the painting as you pick out the different materials.

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Texture portraits
Children Portraits

I work closely with the clients to capture the child’s character.  In the initial phone conversation I will take notes on the child’s personality. I work as true as possible to one chosen photo to achieve a high standard of realism. I use graphite pencil or Indian ink and coloured pencil to bring the portrait to life.

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Acrylic on Canvas. I have worked extensively with acrylic building my knowledge with this medium. I work closely to the photo, paying great attention to detail. I balance the realism of the photograph with the artistic touch. Each brush stroke, whether it is hair or fur, is individually applied to build up layers that look almost good enough to stroke.

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Texture portraits

Acrylic . Gravel . Jigsaw puzzle pieces . Clout nails . Welsh slate . Bark on board. I have pushed the boundaries on this medium creating this unique signature technique. It draws you in and invites you to look closely at the painting as you pick out the different materials.

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Commissions

For the full unboxing experience please watch my ‘Beautifully Boxed’ Video.

Commission information

Commission information

Transform a memory into a masterpiece.

Here you will find all the information you will need to know about having a favourite photo commissioned into a beautiful portrait. I have 6 easy steps which will guide you through the process.

Take the perfect photo

Take the perfect photo

It’s all about the detail

This page has tips on how to take a good photo. I have given information on what I am looking for in a photo to try and make the process as easy as possible for you.

Beautifully boxed

Beautifully boxed

A personal gift with a personal touch

Find out how each work of art is lovingly boxed before it is sent. Whether it is a present for a loved one of simply to treat yourself the unique way in which each work is packaged and presented will create and experience in itself. Don’t forget to watch my ‘unboxing’ video.

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