I attended a life drawing session this week, in order to improve my portrait drawing skills. My intention is to create custom portraits for people interested in commissioning me to create artwork for them. And the life drawing sessions are a practice method that helps me take one more step in that direction.

The commissioned custom portraits are slightly abstract and may not look exactly like the subject, but they are unique, honest, and will adventurously challenge you to see yourself or the subject in a new way. My portraits are like a conversation with you. I’ll see you without judgment. And you can keep a record of an artistic interpretation of yourself.

The models in the portraiture below posed for 15 minutes each, so I didn’t get much time to hone in on details and backgrounds, but it was great practice! Mediums include pens, colored pencils, and paint pens.

Check out an example of a completed custom portrait of a woman or some custom portraits of a man.

Custom Portrait Drawing of a Woman

Custom Portrait Drawing of a Woman

Custom Portrait Drawing of a Man

Portraiture - Drawing of a Man

Abstract Portrait Drawing

Custom Portrait Drawing

Custom Portrait Drawings | Life Drawing Portraiture
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20 thoughts on “Custom Portrait Drawings | Life Drawing Portraiture

  • May 3, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Very nice…the eyes, nose and lips look life like. Other parts and the background are your typical abstract style. I really like the first one and the last one.

  • May 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I had to do timed figure drawings for a class before and they are hard! You’ve executed yours very well though. You’ve gotten the gesture and shading down well, which is something I struggle with in things like this. What medium do you plan to do your custom portraits in? I’d love to see some of your more finished ones!

  • May 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks Daddy-o,
    Your assessment is right on target! 🙂

  • May 5, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you Kim,
    I appreciate your interest in my artwork!

    I initially plan on pens, colored pencils, and paint pens. Possibly some watercolor if the work space and time allows. I’m finding it will be a challenging balance between mediums, time, size, and cost, but I’ll definitely be posting more portraits!


  • May 8, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    These are wonderful. I love the second one and the next to the last. Fun stuff and great work Michael.

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Thank you Vikki! 🙂

  • May 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I love your pics. I take my sketch book into the pub and try to capture faces before the owners’ notice me or move away …..or both, but most people are genuinely pleased to have been the centre of attention and quite like my drawings -well sometimes. But what is great is that the drawing has to be finished very fast and I don’t get a second chance. Pencil only. Its just for fun and I’m not as skilled as you, but I sadly don’t have any interest in art apart from portraits, so I hope you post more like these. They really are superb!

  • May 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Hi Bill,
    Thanks for your comments! That’s a great idea taking your sketch book out into the world to draw. It takes courage, confidence, and sounds like excellent practice! If you post your artwork online, feel free to send or leave a link here. Good luck with your artistic pursuits! 🙂


  • June 22, 2009 at 4:08 am

    this picturs all is very biuty and magical. and profcional.
    tanks and best wish for you.
    Sohrab Donyabeigi – Iran.

  • June 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Thank you sohrab! 🙂

  • July 24, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Hello Micheal.i visit this site today first time some minutes ago and first art blog i opened from art gallery is of U.and i became one of your potraits and sketches fans.i don”t know any thing about art specially about painting and all these stuff but pictures are full of emotions and every picture has a unique style and feeling.thanks.i want to add all the things in this site to my website listed above.so plz tell me how can i do it.i am 20 years old male from karachi pakistan.thanks.wish U all the best for the future.plz reply me on my e-mail if U can.i will be pleased and thankful.

  • July 25, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Wagas,
    Thank you for your compliments and interest in my artwork! The artworks are not available for distribution, but you may link to my site. Good luck with your website pursuits! 🙂

  • August 12, 2009 at 3:39 am

    very good.
    thanks for best picture.

  • August 13, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Thank you, mohammad. 🙂

  • September 15, 2009 at 11:29 am

    i love this website!
    great work

  • October 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Very very Goood…

    Good Luck.

  • November 15, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I believe in Michelangelo, Velasquez, and Rembrandt; in the might of design, the mystery of color, the redemption of all things by Beauty everlasting, and the message of Art that has made these hands blessed. 🙂

  • December 21, 2009 at 12:39 am

    hello,i want to know who is the painter that making all the artwork as shown on above? and i want to know what type of movement on that artwork?anyway, i relly liked it..!!

  • July 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    What do you think about when you are doing a portrait, in order to capture feelings like that and have the faces turn out accurate and abstract at the same time? How long have you been practicing? Your art has a lot of art in it. Very well done.

  • January 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

    amazing work….too good…loved the work

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