I'm a portrait artist based in Essex, UK, creating beautiful bespoke, hand-drawn, realistic portraiture in graphite pencil. I work from photographs supplied by you to provide custom art pieces completely to your specification. I feel lucky to have completed commissioned artwork for clients not only from the UK, but worldwide too.


Your portrait can be taken from a single photograph, or multiple photographs if needed, to help bring your ideas to life, and it is even possible to make small alterations if required.

I love creating those silky smooth skin blends, realistic waves of hair, and detailed characteristics of the skin, which all help to produce a photo like finish to your commission. To achieve this look, it not only requires expert technical ability, but also a deep understanding of materials, patience, and time. I spend hours upon hours delicately layering, smoothing, and blending... I apply soft tonal values and lift minuscule imperfections, over and over, until I achieve a smooth, balanced, realistic finish. This process can take many days to complete and requires great attention to detail. If this finish excites you too, please come say hi :)

I can't wait to hear your ideas so please do get in touch.




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Client Feedback

"I cannot recommend Shayne enough as a portrait artist. Shayne was professional and prompt from the outset, really caring and attentive to what I wanted to achieve. Fully reassured me throughout the process with lots of discussion and a draft portrait, not only that, the turnaround time was amazing, the portrait was beautifully packaged and his service as a whole was brilliant. The portrait itself is exactly what I wanted, Shayne is so talented. The portrait will be displayed in our home as a very valued piece. Put your trust in Shayne and you will not be disappointed! Thank you Shayne!"

Frankie M. London

Shayne is an amazing artist and so easy to work with. Had a portrait done of myself and hubby collated from two different photos and you would never know! The portrait looks better than the photos... Now I'm back a second time for a very special commission and I asked for it at such short notice for Christmas, but Shayne being such an amazing person is making it happen. I'm very grateful and couldn't recommend Shayne highly enough 😊

Lisa B. Essex

Beyond impressed with my A2 and A4 commission pieces from Shayne. It was only two weeks between me messaging Shayne, telling him what I was after and the pieces being ready to collect. He kept me updated through-out with photos of his progress and telling me what he was going to do next. The pieces themselves are phenomenal, I've never seen drawings look so realistic. He even packaged them in a beautiful presentation, ready to be gifted. They really are wonderful. Shayne is fantastic at what he does and I couldn't recommend him enough. Thank you, Shayne xx

Georgina H. Essex

"I'm over the moon with my drawing from Shayne. My mum absolutely loves it. He created several mock-ups for me so I could see some different layouts and choose my favourite, and was very responsive if I had a question. All in all a fantastic service. I will definitely use him again"

Suzanne S. UK

"A beautiful and cherished piece of work. Shayne was beyond accommodating and created a stunning piece that managed to capture the features and personalities of my family"

Megan. Scotland

"Shayne has brought a memory of our nan to real life with this amazing picture! I recommend his work 100%. To have such a combination of family put together in such a personal way, has touched us. Thank you Shayne"

Danny W. UK

"I commissioned Shayne to draw my parents with all their grandkids for Fathers Day. 6 faces and he caught everyones likeness perfectly! Thanks so much :)"

Cassie B. UK

"Beyond amazed, grateful,and overwhelmed by how incredible this drawing is. My entire family are utterly gobssmacked and we are so thankful to have it to treasure forever.

@shaynewiseart what an unbelievable talent you are!"

Jess H. Essex

"I just want to thank you. I have just received my drawing, I'ts absolutely fantastic! Feeling very emotional, I will leave my review 100%. Thanks again."

Mandy. Yorkshire


For as long as I can remember, I've had a love of drawing portraits. I can get completely lost in the whole process, where hours seem to just disappear. I absolutely love creating those smooth skin blends, to try and make the finished effect as realistic as possible, and then bring the whole piece together with the hair.

Below are just a few examples of what I offer. If you would like any other subject drawn in graphite, please do not hesitate to contact me!



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Please first make contact with me to discuss your ideas, at which point I will be able to take a look at your photos and advise on the image quality needed to achieve the best result for you. At this point, along with image quality we'll also be able to discuss layout, background, and any alterations that you would like. Once we agree on the best way forward and you are 100% happy with your design, it will possible for you to purchase your artwork in the 'prices' section on this website. Once full payment has been received, I will add you to the waiting list.


During the following week, I will design a mock up for you. This will provide you with a basic visual representation of what your finished portrait will look like. Once you confirm that the composition/layout matches your ideas, and you are happy to proceed, I will prepare to start work on it.

It normally takes between 2/3 weeks for your art to arrive, however this is dependant on work load at the time. I will be able to give you a more realistic delivery date once I receive your enquiry. I will also keep you updated during the whole process with work in progress shots.

I'm excited to work with you and I can't wait to hear your ideas!


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Delivery is fully insured and trackable. International clients please be mindful that customs import charges are not included

UK - £15

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All commissions will be either double wrapped and protected between MDF sheets, or tubed, for maximum protection!

Europe - £25

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Please let me know if you would like me to include a hand written note with your commission. Free of charge!

Rest of World - £40

Set prices for portraits include head and shoulders with white background, or head and neck for pets. It is possible to include more in your drawing, for example a background, but there will be an additional cost. Please enquire for a quotation.


About Shayne Wise

Why I Became a Portrait Artist

As the years roll by and the older I get, the more I realise how important it is to find balance and harmony with all aspects of everyday life. As the stresses of modern living can sometimes become worrisome, the solitude, patience, and focus required to create art can totally disconnect you from these worries and take you somewhere wonderful. It provides me with a sense of calmness, a time for reflection, and helps to keep things in perspective. It can sometimes even feel meditative. Creating realism portraits with graphite pencil has always been a love of mine, and I can’t wait to transfer the skills I have learned to alternative mediums. A creative mind is never at rest, and creating art is an ever-evolving process!

What Makes a Portrait Artist

Becoming a portrait artist has provided me with an abundance of patience and positivity, which I feel are the overriding factors in becoming a ‘great’ portrait artist. Paying attention to detail, an eagerness to keep learning, and a deep appreciation of all forms of art will almost certainly push you further towards your goal. Actually, I would say these positive traits will not only help you as an artist, but also help your personal journey too!

Portrait Artists That Have Inspired Me

I've found inspiration from so many portrait artists over the years, of old and new, each of them providing me with a yearning to better myself. There are truly breath-taking artists all around us who amaze me daily with their dedication and artistry.

I have a love for both ultra-realism and abstract in equal measure, in all mediums, and I’m constantly in awe with not only portrait artists, but artists whose work range anywhere from calligraphy to pottery. Modern-day artists such as…

Jenny Saville, Heather Rooney, Sophie Fois, Massimo Polello, Bonnie Snowden, Alex Hillkurtz, Guiliana Macca, Sheila Giovanni, Gisella Biondani, Marcello Barenghi, Arinze Stanley, Levi Souza, Hush, Daniel Egneus, Johnson Tsang