Watercolour Portrait Paintings

I am a watercolour portrait artist too! I have expanded my Art Studio to include custom watercolour portrait illustrations!
These watercolour portraits are NOT a photo-realistic representation of the subject, but rather cute, fun and colourful illustrations. I work in a fun, stylized, illustrative style.

Watercolour portraits make lovely gifts for any occasion and have proved to be a hit with Grannies, BFF’S, engaged couples, bride and grooms, etc. I can also digitize your illustration to use it on your Babyshower Invitations, Wedding Invitations and much more.

Apart from watercolour portraits, I also do custom watercolour illustrations, children’s book illustrations and watercolour designs, e.g. watercolour wedding stationery.

Watercolour Portrait Illustration Portfolio

Please click one of the images below to view the full painting.

The Watercolour Illustration

I only use professional quality watercolour and the finest quality watercolour paper for all my watercolour paintings to ensure that your painting will last for years to come.


Watercolour portraits are very delicate and need to be framed behind glass to protect the artwork from dust and moisture. All my watercolour illustrations are sold unframed, but framing can be ordered at an additional charge too


The Watercolour Illustration Price List

Base Price, Single Head & Shoulder Portrait, Un-framed
15x20cm (A5 size) R750
20x30cm (A4 size) R1 200
30x40cm (A3 size) R1 750
Please note that pricing may vary from the above if what you require falls outside the scope of the average artwork.
Upgrade your Portrait:
– Full body – add 20% to the base price.
– Simple watercolour wash background – add 10% to the base price.
– Detailed background (e.g. another photo) – add 30% to the base price. (Terms & Conditions will apply. Price may change subject to your requirements and detail in the background.)

Price is for ONE subject (person/pet) only. If you would like multiple people/pets in the same painting, please contact me for a bespoke quotation.

Please note that the minimum size for multi-portrait paintings starts at A4 size for 2 people/pets and A3 size for 3 people/pets.
The maximum available size is A3.

Custom sizes are available upon request, please contact me for a bespoke quote.

Framing can be arranged at an additional fee:
Professionally framed.
Deep, modern frame with a light oak finish. (See example below)
Framed behind glass with a 50mm matting board to finish off the painting.

Please add the following framing fee to the base price:
A5 size @ R450
A4 size @ R550
A3 size @ R750

Kindly refer to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below for further detail, lead time, payment, etc.

The Pricing Structure applies to Watercolour Portraits only.
Other subjects and mediums (oil paintings or coloured pencil portraits) have different pricing structures.

*Prices may change without prior notice. (T&C apply)


Kindly familiarise yourselves with the term as set out below.


What does it mean to Commission a Painting?

A client commissions a portrait when placing an order for a custom piece of art aka Portrait Painting.


What is your style?

Watercolour Illustrations are NOT a photo-realistic representation of the subject, but a fun, imperfect, stylized, illustrative portrait.


How do I place an order?


View the Price List above.

Email me with your order.

You will be emailed an estimate/invoice AND the Commission Agreement.

Complete and Sign the Commission Agreement.
Make payment.

Taaadaa! You are on the commission list!


What are your payment terms?

Once you have received the invoice/estimate, your spot on the commission list will TEMPORARILY be reserved for THREE (3) days to give you time to make payment. If the Client has not confirmed the order with payment within the three (3) day period, the order will automatically be cancelled. NO EXCEPTIONS.

For orders less than R1200, full payment is required to confirm your order. The Client will only be put on the commission list upon receipt of the payment. No exceptions.

If a Client’s Order exceeds R1200 the Client can enter into a payment arrangement. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your spot on the commission list, the balance is due when the Client reaches the top of the commission list BEFORE the Artist is to start with the order. Once the Client is notified that they have reached the top of the commission list, payment is due within 48 hours. No exceptions. If the Client fails to make payment within 48 hours, they will be moved to the bottom of the commission list. If the Client fails to make payment once they reach the top of the Commission list for the second time, their order will be cancelled and they will forfeit the deposit. The Client will only be put on the commission list upon receipt of the deposit. No exceptions. ONLY available to Clients paying via EFT.


Do you accept Credit Card payments?

Yes, Credit Card payments can be arranged through PayFast’s secure payment portal.


I need the painting urgently as a gift, how soon can you help me?

I will give you an estimated completion date at the time of ordering. It can be anything from a few days to a few weeks depending on my workload at the time of placing your order. I usually have a waiting list in place.

Please let me know if you need the artwork by a specific date – so that we can find an option that works for both of us. Kindly note that there may be a RUSH FEE for a short deadline. Please discuss this with me BEFORE confirming your order – I would love to help, but unfortunately, it is NOT always possible. I take pride in what I do and I do not rush artwork – I want to give your artwork the love and attention it needs.

A RUSH-FEE, 25% of the invoice total, will be added to your invoice if you need to be ‘squeezed in’ to receive your order on a short deadline. I must put my entire commission list on hold to accommodate you and I would need to work overtime to catch up again on my priorly-promised deadlines as I would hate to disappoint clients that are already on my commission list. (Thank you, I am sure you understand.) Please discuss this with me BEFORE confirming your order – I would love to help, but unfortunately, it is NOT always possible. As mentioned, I take pride in what I do and I do not rush artwork – I want to give your artwork the love and attention it needs. The RUSH-FEE will also apply if you need to rush your order, after booking while the order is already in progress.

If you have requested framing, it cannot be rushed and requires a minimum of an additional 2 weeks.


Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes, Gift Vouchers are available for purchase. Full payment is required on all Gift Vouchers. I can either email a Gift Voucher to you or sent you a physical Gift Voucher (courier delivery fees would apply).
The recipient of the Voucher has the option of paying in on a larger size portrait when they book their portrait.
My Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.


Do you accept international commissions?

YES, most definitely!
Worldwide shipping is available! International shipping needs to be quoted.


How many photos do you require?

When uploading photographs, please upload ONE PHOTO only. If you do not have one photo of all the subjects, please upload ONE PHOTO of each person only. (Please do not upload more than requested. If I require more photographs, I will contact you.)


What type of photos do you require?

I require a good photograph as I can only illustrate what I can see in an image. A High-resolution photograph will work best as I can zoom in to see detail. Screenshots, photos downloaded from Facebook or Whatsapp are not always ideal and recommended, it is however still doable if it is the only photo you have. (High-resolution will be those straight off your camera’s memory card, your phones camera roll, or provided by a professional photographer.)

The photo should be well lit and have a natural colour. (All sorts of filters and effects are NOT usable.)

The photo should not have very dark shadows, especially over the important facial detail. (Hats and sunglasses often cast very dark shadows, making the eyes seem dark.)

The photo should be in the desired pose.

The photo should show the height-difference between the subjects.

The photo should clearly show the eye colour and hair colour of each person.


Can you combine photos?

If you do not have one photo of all the subjects, please upload ONE PHOTO of each person only.
All the photographs should be taken at the same level, e.g. one person photographed from looking up, photographed from above, cannot be added to an illustration where all the other subjects have been photographed at eye level.
All the subjects should be in the desired poses.


My photos do not comply with the above-mentioned, what now?

I know that sometimes the photo options might be limited, e.g. if you want a surprise gift made or a commemorative portrait of a deceased pet.
If your photos do not comply with the above, do not stress! Please email me the best quality photographs that you do have (before placing your order) and we will discuss the options from there.


Copyright and how does it affect me?

The artist, Celia van Niekerk, retains all copyright of the finished artwork. The finished artwork may be used by the client (you) for display and personal enjoyment only. No prints or copies shall be made, or profit gained in any way, from the finished artwork by the Client (you), without the express written permission of the artist (Celia van Niekerk). The artist retains the right to use the image for advertising artistic services, through printed adverts (e.g. flyers, portfolio books) and digital media or social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Website, etc.) The Client is not permitted to make any changes to the original artwork, e.g. drawing or painting on the artwork. Digital artwork can be used for personal use only and not for reselling purposes. When posting artwork on Social Media, the Client is obligated to tag or mention the Artist.


Photo vs Illustration

If you require any additional information or would like to proceed with your order.