Portraits Page

Examples of portraits by Artist Sophie Huddlestone.

The adventure into the world of portraiture, narratives, and portrait progression. Sometimes the unpredictable application of the paint decides on the portrait’s theme as the paint dribbles into shapes sparking ideas, Other times the portrait is planed with a personal narrative to add meaningful topics in a subtle way creating conversations and interest about that person.

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Creating Portraits

portraits by Sophie Huddlestone

Above is an example of a portrait for celebrity Russell Osman it is on a canvas board. (He acted in the film Escape to Victory, Indian Super league football expert, TV Co-commentator, former footballer for England etc.)

I was thrilled when I spotted that my portrait of Rankin had been selected as one of the portraits to be displayed on the floating wall gallery of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist Of The Week television program, series one episode three with Robert Rinder.

sophie huddlestone portrait on sky arts tv 12.6.20

Even more surprised when both my oil portrait and pen sketch of Noel Fielding were displayed in series one episode six (the Clare Balding episode).

Artist Sophie Huddlestone

Portrait Commission

Portrait commission price on request.

Sophie works from a photograph but prefers a chat with the person first via text messaging, phone call or in person. To create your portrait it takes Sophie approximately one to six weeks of sketching ideas and painting. Regular updates of how the portrait is developing can be sent to the customer. Ideas can be incorporated from the customer.

Contact Sophie Huddlestone directly for commission portrait enquiries. Email: swirlysoph@gmail.com Text: 07932606867 Facebook messenger: @SwirlySophArt 

Watercolour Portraits

watercolour portrait with animal by Sophie Huddlestone

Above is an example in watercolours size 9″ x 12″ (31cmx23cm). It was for Shandor Larenty from the Lion and Safari Park in South Africa.

Oil Portraits

Oil Portrait paintings will take Sophie approximately 3 to 6 weeks to paint and a further 3 to 6 months of drying time before it can be posted to the customer.


There may be a waiting list before Sophie can begin your portrait.

Full payment is required the week before Sophie begins to paint your portrait. A photo of the finished portrait will be emailed to you for approval, (with the option of a full refund). This photo will have copyright wording across it. Once the portrait is posted to the customer it can not be refunded.

Postage will have tracking and a signature will be required on arrival. The tracking code of the parcel is sent to the customer. Commissions are free post in the U.K. The rest of the world is an extra £20

Commission paintings are created with complete confidentiality if requested, otherwise progress images and the finished portrait may appear on Sophie’s website and social media.

You would own the portrait but the full copyrights remain with the artist, Sophie Huddlestone. It is not permitted for any person or entity to use any artworks or images by Sophie Huddlestone for printing, copying or replicating, physical or virtual form. This is a one of its kind original painting.

Portrait commission paintings include a free artist’s name plate, just ask for one to be included.

Artist Name Plate

Name plate: Colour silver, size 50mm X 16mm, aluminium, diamond engraved, easy to apply with a self adhesive backing.

Portrait Beginnings

portraits by Sophie Huddlestone

Sophie Huddlestone painting animals and flowers since 2011 and began portraiture in 2018. 

Above is one of my first portraits from 2020 created on paper and painted in the mixed media of oils and watercolours, the portrait called ‘time for tea’, it was one of my early commissions so hopefully I have improved since then.

With Thanks


Artist Sophie Huddlestone

sophie huddlestone painting portrait commissions