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Portraits & Artworks




Preserving your life’s treasures and cherished moments through the timeless art of graphite drawing –

touching hearts and spreading joy with every pencil mark.

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Welcome to Lives in Graphite

I am Mara Shaw, a graphite artist in the North West of England, creating unique, photorealistic pencil portraits and sketches that will bring your favourite photographs to life. With over 12 year’s expertise as a graphite artist, I aim to produce charming and timeless portraits of people, pets, homes and occasions, hand-drawn with intimate detail to capture true likeness and character.


Anything can be given a new life in graphite, which is why I offer a range of drawing services that turn the things you hold most dear into elegant artworks you can treasure forever.

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Photorealistic portraits intimately drawn from your favourite photograph.

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Charming pencil portraits drawn in a sketched style at affordable prices.

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Preserving the memory of loved ones in every pencil mark. 

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Preserving your precious wedding moments through the art of graphite sketching.

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Sharing the living Word of God in graphite.

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Touching hearts and spreading joy with the gift of graphite drawing.

Lives in Graphite Guarantee

Professional, friendly service, free no obligation quotations, high-quality arts materials, customer revisions, personalised presentation packaging & more.


Happy Customers

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After receiving the portrait of our three children commissioned as a gift to my wife, I was amazed at the level of detail achieved. The drawing really captures the character of our children.

Andi & Nazeema

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