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Antonio Bosano, Pencil Portrait Artist


This website is dedicated to my parents wherever they are now. It’s hard to define one’s capacity to truly miss another human being until you’ve lost them.

For my father – profound thanks for teaching me to avoid being a couch potato. “Play the guitar, play the piano, draw, paint, practice practice practice , become the best version of yourself that you can. Study, study. study, If you fail an exam, take it again and keep taking it until you pass. Don’t waste your time sttting around. When the end comes, you’ll be motionless for ever.” Most of all, even when I was a young man, he would challenge me about life – “Do you think you were placed on this earth simply to have a good time?”

For my mother – profound thanks for the sympathy that went with the physical pain of pushing myself. The blisters, the bleeding fingers, the frustration I’m still going through to turn myself into a decent solo pianist. “You’ll get there, you have tenacity” I can hear her saying.



When I informed my wife at the tail end of 2011 that I was going to build the world’s largest pencil portrait website, I got precisely the reaction I would expect from a person who knows me as well as she does. No hint of trepidation—no obvious “How long will that take you?” Nothing really—beyond “Oh that’s good.” She knows I never lose interest in projects.

Mind you, one thing has changed. When people ask after me, she now replies “He’s under construction!”


As anyone who follows entertainment news has become aware over the last decade and a half, most thespians of the female persuasion now refer to themselves as actors, not actresses. Journalists and other non-actors, to varying degrees, are getting to grips with the gender-neutral program. On the one hand this change in usage is informed by the egalitarian impulse that has pushed aside “stewardess” for “flight attendant” and, less successfully, “waitress” for the ungainly “waitperson” or ambience-free “server.”

Well, one of the great delights of having a website is the freedom to ignore such political correctness – or is it nonsense?!!! You decide, but here at this address, a woman is an actress.

Coming Soon

July 2024

Saoirse Ronan

New Portraits

March 2024

Sir Anthony Hopkins

December 2023

Maggie O’Neill

August 2023

Sharon Stone

May 2023

Raymond Burr

March 2023

Rock Hudson

January 2023

Jeremy Irons

November 2022

Suzanne PLeshette

September 2022

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

August 2022

Lee Remick

July 2022

Jayne Mansfield

June 2022

Billie Eilish

May 2022

Suzy Parker

April 2022

Hardy Kruger

March 2022

Doris Day

February 2022

Josh O’Connor

January 2022

David Bowie 5the anniversary Commemorative Portrait

December 2021

Sasha Alexander

November 2021

Catherine Spaak

October 2021

Keira Knightley
Christoph Waltz

September 2021

Cary Grant – North by Northwest

August 2021

Herb Alpert

July 2021

Peter Falk
Rose Byrne
Hazel Court

June 2021

Valerie Leon
Billy Preston – Revised Portrait
Caroline Munro

May 2021

Ariana Grande
Jane Seymour

April 2021

George Segal
Martin Compston

March 2021

Ray Milland
Chris Pine

February 2021

Anya Taylor-Joy
Ed Harris

January 2021

Mike & Bernie Winters

December 2020

Tuppence Middleton

November 2020

Geena Davis
Lindsay Duncan

October 2020

Natalie Portman
Matt Damon & Emily Blunt – The Adjustment Bureau

September 2020

Richard Madden
Michel Legrand

August 2020

Tanya Maniktala
Adrian Dunbar

July 2020

Himesh Patel
Paul Newman – Revised Portrait
Emily Blunt

June 2020

Brenda De Banzie
Michael Goodliffe

May 2020

Laurence Olivier – revised portrait
Jane Merrow – revised portrait
Yvonne Mitchell
Anton Diffring
Shirley Bassey
Taina Elg

April 2020

Max Von Sydow
Gladys Knight
Peter Lorre
Lily James
Lily James in colour

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

December 2019

Hans Zimmer

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

November 2017

Daliah lavi
Suranne Jones
Andrew Lincoln

October 2017

Tom Petty
Jessica Raine
Marilyn Monroe

September 2017

Edwin Starr

August 2017

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore
Joni Mitchell
Olivia Newton John

July 2017

Rossano Brazzi
Kit Harington

June 2017

Molly Peters
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane

May 2017

Guy Doleman
Marion Cotillard
Carly Simon

April 2017

Elkie Brooks & Robert Palmer
Paul Carrack
Robbie Robertson

March 2017

John Hurt
Gene Vincent

December 2012

My kindle book John Lennon—Reflections on a life is now available for download.

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