Shutter and Sketch: London’s Bespoke Children’s Pencil Portraits

Nov 13, 2012 by

Shutter and Sketch: London’s Bespoke Children’s Pencil Portraits

For the cost of a meal out, treat your family to an heirloom-quality pencil portrait of your child.  This is an indulgence that will pay you back every time you walk past; eventually becoming part of your family history.  Fine artist Lucy SM Johnston has put together a fabulously convenient portrait sitting service for young children and produces the most heavenly results.   My husband and I cannot stop staring at the portrait Lucy did for us of our son.  We have since commissioned another, one for our daughter.

This Jpeg of my son that you see does not fully do the portrait justice, as the individual pencil stokes are not visible.  His face and expressions are spot-on; and what is particularly intriguing, Lucy does not smudge the pencil to create the different gradients of grey.  Every shadow, contour, crevice, lock of hair is created with a pencil stroke.  It is absolutely breath-taking looking at your child’s face, their expression so beautifully captured created completely and totally in thousands of pencil marks.  Somewhat akin to looking at a pointillist painting, except far more mesmerising as you are gazing at your own progeny.

For an unbelievably reasonable price, Lucy will come to your home and meet you and your child.  She gets to see a bit of their personality while you all chat and your child warms up to her.  After your child has settled a bit, you pop your child on the sofa and pop in a DVD or turn on the telly.  When your child is absorbed, Lucy snaps away.  You can decide then with Lucy’s help, or Lucy will be happy to email them to you so you can take your time choosing.  Either way, you select the photograph that best captures your child’s expression and Lucy will produce something along the lines of this:


Your heart will melt every time you walk by.   Give this as a gift to your spouse, to grandparents or better yet, askfor a voucher for your Christmas gift and have Lucy come around and create a portrait to be handed down through the generations. mail@lucysmjohnston

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  1. I can’t believe the likeness! Amazing! Loving this as a gift idea, what a talented lady. Thanks for the feature x

  2. Uju, its just amazing. You can see every stroke of the pencil making up his little face.


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