Personalizing Photographs Taken to New Heights!

Personalizing Photographs Taken to New Heights!


Just when you thought that no more could be done with the humble photograph, I’ve gone and found another website that turns your photographs into pieces of hand drawn art! The difference being, that these are being done by a real person. I’ve seen the paintings that this young woman has produced for myself and thought I’d test her skills and send her across a couple of images I took of myself and see how they turned out! – You may, if you’re a forum member, recognise the image below from somewhere?


Nicole Black is an English artist looking to push the boundaries and take her love of photography one step further, so, she’s started painting photos (You can get your own done) I had one done in oil pastel (Above) and the other is a water colour (Below) the results are remarkable! When I was sent my paintings, I was actually very impressed. This isn’t the first time or place you can have this done, but it’s certainly the first time I’ve ever seen someone providing this service by hand!


If this looks like something that interests you, you can find out more on the website. Your photographs can be either completed as a pencil drawing, fine liner drawing or water colour painting. The choice is entirely up to you.
All drawings will be completed on top quality water colour paper (16.5″ x 11.5″) and then posted out to your address.


This was the first time I’d seen myself painted and I was very happy with the result! A very different take on the whole choice surrounding the printing and hanging of your images! You can get yours done at .

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Lucylove August 22, 2009 12:14 pm

    Ironically, this is what *I* got into photography for, to have photographs to work from. Both paintings of still life (old car and wine scene) on my website are from photographs I took, and then, rather than stopping there, drew them. I've also asked some people on here if I may draw some of their photographs that inspired me (particularly in the "trucks" challenge.

    My portraiture is from photos, also, not still life. by hand (how else is it done? I don't get the amazement of painting by hand?) Re: "first time I’ve ever seen someone providing this service by hand!"

  • Rolling Stone July 31, 2009 10:48 am

    A win-win! A great gift idea and helping another to persue their passion. Thanks Sime.

  • Beth July 31, 2009 03:56 am I also personalize photographs. I paint custom oil portraits and personalize them more than just copying them by hand :) check it out please!

  • Vash July 30, 2009 10:06 pm

    You just gave me a very interesting idea. Thnx a lot mate :)

    I also really like the handmade portraits with pencil. Nice work finding this Sime. Cheers :)

  • Silverzz July 30, 2009 03:09 am

    This looks like something that would make a great gift.

  • melissa July 29, 2009 01:31 pm

    I think they are awesome!....boy some of these commenters really get their undies in a bunch towards one another.

    Be kind, it's good for your health. :)

  • Sime July 29, 2009 07:15 am

    Joel Joel Joel!... No, you have to take the photos, and then someone ELSE paints them!... :-) lol

  • Joel July 29, 2009 07:00 am

    Just when I thought I could focus solely on photography, you guys at DPS tell me to look into painting. :-)

  • Dannyboy July 29, 2009 05:58 am

    You are going to be inundated with requests I bet! Congratulations on your place at drama school, it's so commendable that you are going to try and raise the money yourself. I really liked your website too, fantastic range of styles, great article

    thanks dps

  • Doc Holliday July 29, 2009 02:47 am

    Interesting article.

    My ex-wife paints over photographs and creates a nice effect.

    Here is a an image of the headrace at the Consolidated Copper Mine in Butte, Montana:

    This done entirely in PSE using the graphic pen filter.

    I, also, create almost painting looking images by converting to monochrome and tweaking the contrast levels in PSE–

  • Sime July 29, 2009 02:41 am

    @reznor (Strange, I'm shooting Trent and the lads next weekend at Sonisphere) my bad - I didn't mention ON article that this artist is only looking for a donation and doesn't have a set price. Apologies. Still - Just because it might not be your cup of tea, to stamp on someone's art like you have in your first comment is a bit of poor form if you ask me, art is subjective - you might not like it, but I did (The works are of me, after all) Anyway - big of you to come back and re word your comment, thanks.


  • Reznor July 29, 2009 02:36 am

    @ A@EPOCH Studios

    You're right, I obviously missed the fact that she relies on donations (was that mentioned in the actual article above?). Thought, she'd charge people for her work so that this article seemed like advertising. Under these premisses, I'll take back my critique. Still not my cup of coffee but certainly worth checking out for people who are interested in this kind of artwork.

  • Sime July 28, 2009 09:29 pm

    @lance - read it how you will, friend. It's not. This is about sharing something I found that I thought some people might be interested in.

  • Leianne July 28, 2009 07:28 pm

    What a lovely idea! It's really nice to see someone being so creative about raising funds for their career.

  • Amandalynn July 28, 2009 03:35 pm

    As a former portrait sketch artist, I have to say that these are very nice artistic renditions, and it's nice to see someone going back to the classic methods of portraiture - there's a certain quality about a hand drawn piece of art that isn't matched by digital manipulations.

  • MeiTeng July 28, 2009 03:28 pm

    I like the first one. Nice!

  • Steve A July 28, 2009 01:35 pm

    I think the service looks great. I couldn't quite believe it when i saw that she was just asking for a donation for her work. That is most commendable.

    Im not quite sure what point Sally was trying to make with her attachment. That image is the polar opposite of what this service is about.

  • Peter July 28, 2009 12:35 pm

    Such talent and potential... great post, and please... keep it the good work!

    thanks dps...

  • A@EPOCH Studios July 28, 2009 10:52 am

    @ reznor. . . While I certainly can see your critique is valid, she only asks for any donation for her to do your prints. I can understand if this cost an extreme amount of money, but for a small donation helping someone garner more experience and returning a decent quality result certainly means something.

  • Sophie July 28, 2009 09:29 am

    Great stuff. I'm just sorry about the timewasters. Sally is using a photoshop effect that we all tried out when we first got the software at 13 y/o. What a pointless comment.
    Your work is brilliant and i'll certainly be in touch. I've got your email address from the website.
    Keep up the hard work.

  • Olivia July 28, 2009 09:14 am

    What a wonderful article. I have often looked into having something like this done for my grandchildren. I cannot believe that you are only 18 years old, and I really do wish you all the luck to raise your funds. I will be in touch to order a print of London and I have a few pictures to send through of my grandchildren. Take care.


  • Susan July 28, 2009 08:57 am

    I think that what she does is fascinating. It reminds me a little of my Grandfather, who colored in black and white scenery prints. There was also an artist, Wallace Nutting, who did something similar.

    The difference is that she has a modern take on it all. I love the black and white one.

  • Brad Graham July 28, 2009 07:42 am

    I think this is a great interpretation of a photograph, I may get one done

    Thank you for sharing this


  • Reznor July 28, 2009 07:34 am

    The first one does NOT look good. The mouth is way too small and looks weird. I'm not saying I could do a better job, no way, but I'm not charging people money either and there's no article about me here. There are better artists around.