You will find many images of the portraits I have drawn in the PORTRAITURE subcategory of my main ARTWORK tab, to the left and just below the header.


How precious are your children and loved ones?  What value do you place on honoring them in their cherished and important moments?

It is a common practice among parents today, to have “senior pictures” taken of their teenagers at some time during the final year of high school education in order to cherish that special moment to share with others. Some do the same with their college grads as well.

We also can’t forget about the anniversary photos, the wedding photos, the baby photos, and on it goes. Parents often fork out a couple, to several hundred dollars for such things. However, not all photographers are super fantastic at their work, and many often seem irritated having to do the photo shoot. As it turns out, many parents become greatly upset at the way the photos turned out do to the poor quality of the photographer.

When it comes to drawing a portrait, I won’t finish until I hear back from the customer. If the reference photo isn’t showing that special gleam in the eye, or didn’t quite catch the “real” smile that the person normally shows, then I can easily draw those features in.

Another attribute that charcoal portraiture has over conventional photography is longevity.  Over time, those precious photos can fade and slowly bleed even when placed behind glass and hung on the wall. Although with today’s advancements in ink and printer technology, colored photographs have a much longer life expectancy than a decade ago. You won’t have such issues with a commissioned charcoal portraiture.

We are priceless human beings! Our children and loved ones are precious to us because of the special moments we share with them. And it’s those priceless moments that we wish we could capture forever.

That is why I encourage you, if you are serious about having a portrait commissioned for yourself or a loved one, I believe I can be of service.  A charcoal portraiture will last centuries and maintain its contrast and fine detail. What better way to immortalize the honor and respect you wish to give to those you love?

I use 100% cotton paper for all my portraiture – no exceptions. “Archival” quality papers that utilize calcium buffers are not good enough, and absolutely no “mixed” papers which contain any amount of wood pulp are used.  Why choose cotton? Because cotton does not produce acid and therefore won’t yellow naturally over time.  I use the best quality materials possible when drawing commissioned portraits because I value the person I am drawing and so should you.

So, if you’re serious about having a portraiture commissioned, here’s how to start:

  1. Contact me via email:  markthimesch@gmail.com
  2. Send me a photo(s) of who or what (animal?) you wish to have drawn for a portrait. I’ll examine said photo(s) to determine if it is acceptable, i.e. blurry, bad lighting, image so small it needs magnification, etc., are reasons for rejection.
  3. If photo(s) are acceptable, then a 25% deposit is required to initiate the portrait with the balance due upon your approval of the final portrait.

For a very detailed (realistic) portrait drawing of the bust (face, hair, neck and any clothing) on standard size 14″ x 17″ for a single person is $750.00.  If you wish to add another person to the portrait, I charge an additional $450.00 for each additional person added to the drawing. Thus a two (2) person portrait becomes $1,200.00; a three (3) person portrait becomes $1650.00, and so on.

I can do and have done, larger size portraits, such as 16″ x  20″, 20″ x 26″ and even 22″ x 30″.  The larger the paper size, the greater the cost.

All portraits are drawn on 100% cotton water-color or drawing paper – No Acceptions. I believe that a portrait commission should last well beyond the lifetime of the person whose image will be rendered. In fact, a portrait drawn on archival paper (100% cotton) can last centuries, thus preserving the loved ones image for generations to come.

Remember: drawings rendered in charcoal, carbon, and graphite on archival materials will surpass any printed photograph for longevity purposes. Charcoal drawings from some of the great masters of the 12th and 13th century still survive today.



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