Portraits by Email

Des is a visual artist living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He draws on-the-spot caricatures at markets and other events, and produces fine art portraits and other artworks on a commission basis. He exhibits at Talented Friends Gallery, Village Laneway, Caloundra.

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What I do


To access these services, contact Des on Mobile 0428 822 610

or email des.howell (AT) bigpond.com. 

Fine Art

B&W Pencil Portraits

These are drawn using graphite pencil or charcoal based either on your photographs or live sittings. The usual size is A3 on larger paper.

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Fine Art

Colour Portraits

My usual medium here is acrylics on stretched cotton canvas. Contact Des to discuss your preferences regarding style, (realistic, impressionistic, contemporary, etc.)  showing head and shoulders or full body, standing or seated,  costume, background, colour scheme, etc.

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These can be drawn from your photographs in B&W or in colour using acrylics on paper. 
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Fine Art

Original Works

Des's landscapes, seascapes, abstracts, etc are exhibited in various places, including Talented Friends Gallery,  located at Shop 4, 8 Ormuz Avenue, Village Walkway, Caloundra, Qld.

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Artworks Based on Photographs?

Choose photographs that show clearly details such as  person's eyes. Consider 3/4 head poses with natural lighting rather than  flash with people looking directly at the camera. Separate photos can be used to produce a group portrait. If possible, arrange for Des to take the photographs. You can also arrange for "live" sittings if you live on the Sunshine Coast.

On-the-Spot Caricatures

Markets and Events

Invite a caricaturist to entertain at your party or function. Prices start at $250 for two hours work on the Sunshine Coast. Email or phone to make a booking.

Fine Arts

People on Vacation

Take home memories of the Sunshine Coast

These can be based on your own photographs.


Fun Portraits

Commission a surprise gift.

Des likes to draw whimsical pictures based on photographs  of real people depicted in fun situations. You can even be a superhero. Des aims for a two week turnover so phone or email him well before you want delivery, particularly if you live interstate.


Phone Des Howell  Mb. 0428 822 610


Email des.howell (AT) bigpond.com