Custom Portraits from Photos

I love spending hours getting lost in the detail of each drawing, until each one is as close to the original photo as possible.

Custom Pencil Portraits by Amanda L Tusch

Turning Favorite Photos Into Fabulous Drawings

I love watching the paper come to life as a portrait fills in across it; but of course, drawing a portrait is much more complicated than that.  My first step is to draw a grid on both the portrait paper, and a to-scale print of the photo.  The grid is a tool I use to ensure my outline sketch stays proportionate to the original photo.  Sketching the outline is next, and is one of the most important steps as it is the foundation that the whole portrait is built on.  With the outline complete, it’s time for my favorite part of the whole process–shading!  I love adding all the depth, value, light, and life that this step brings.  This is my favorite part because this is where the portrait truly comes to life!  After some final touch-ups and erasing the grid from the white spaces, a coat of fixative is applied to keep any pencil from smudging.  It’s truly wonderful turning a piece of paper into something that can bring such joy to someone else.

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Each portrait is hand drawn with great attention paid to  every detail. This ensures that the final drawing is as close to the reference photo as possible.  With a passion for drawing people, and nearly 20 years of portraiture experience, I strive to make each portrait a masterpiece.  


All prints are made from high-resolution images of the original drawing.  I use pigment ink and print on premium fine art, archival quality paper to ensure that each print will last.

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Nature Drawings

Though I mostly draw portraits, I will occasionally pull some inspiration from nature.   The intricate detail within flower and tiny fauna has always fascinated me.  Though I do not have many examples, I do enjoy these portraits of nature.


Consultations are always free, so please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  I can easily be reached through my contact page.  I believe that communication is very important throughout the whole portrait process.  With routine picture updates you will get to see the whole process from start to finish, and share in the joy of watching the portrait come to life!



Amanda was wonderful to work with. Very responsive and impressively fast. The drawing is immaculate and really beautiful. I’d definitely recommend her work for a really unique gift!

Ashley R.

Great person, amazing Artist! Ordered a portrait of my wife and son. Amanda blew my mind with her turnaround time, and she shared progress updates with me along the way as a nice form of quality/satisfaction assurance. Highly recommend if you're looking for a neat, heartfelt gift idea.

Ben C.

Wonderful service, beautiful work! Amanda worked with us to get just what we wanted, communicating throughout the process and updating to show progress on the drawing. Was willing to discuss a special request and explain her procedures and policies. Needed a surprise gift for an important family milestone. Really impressed with the quality and attention to detail! Update: gift recipients are thrilled with this picture!

MaryBeth W.

Amanda is unbelievably skilled and also a joy to work with. She asked questions in order to ensure the picture was how we wanted it and was very prompt with replies to messages. She was kind and understanding as we ordered this picture due to the loss of a loved one. I cannot wait to have her do another project. Just amazing!!

Melanie S.

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