“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton
Transforming his talent and hobby into a career came naturally for Mike Bruce. Offering a service second to none, his Artwork is stunningly realistic – a treasured gift, that will be cherished for years to come.
What inspired or motivated you to become a Pencil Portrait Artist?
I have always loved to draw since I was a child, it takes you away from any day to day worries and focuses your mind on completing the creation you have started with your own hands.
I decided when I was an adult to put my talent to some good use and make an income from a hobby that I love.
What are the advantages of working for yourself?
The obvious answer is you have the freedom to decide when and how to do your job and you keep all the profits.
What are the disadvantages of working for yourself?
I can’t see any; however keeping paper work and accounts can be a problem if you don’t keep it up to date.
Who are your customers?
My customers or clients I would like to call them vary and come from all over the country and worldwide. I would say 50/50 male and female.
Name one thing that you could not live without in your business.
This one is easy to answer; I would say my pencils and the internet, the internet is my marketplace and no pencils, then no portraits and no business!
What is your favourite or most popular product/service?
I find that most clients prefer to have A4 size graphite (black and white) and this tends to be the most popular size and medium.
What is your ultimate goal - and has this changed from when you started?
I wouldn’t say I had an ultimate goal; my aim is to make people happy by creating as many pencil portraits as possible to be treasured for many years.
Does the internet help you in spreading the word about your business?
The internet is my life blood and wouldn’t have a business without it. It’s a vehicle to showcase what you do and invite people to view your work on your website and commission pencil portraits.
How big a role does Social Media play in your business?
I think social media plays a big role especially for visual artists. Pictures can be shared so easily and this allows your talent to be freely spread over a mass media.