Rebecca Hill portrait artist and illustrator in Nova Scotia, Canada
Bespoke Portraits by Rebecca Hill

Show how much you care with beautiful custom realism art that grabs right at the heart.

Struggling with ideas for the person who has everything they want? You want to spoil them but they either buy what they want whenever they need it, or they or you just aren’t into mass produced stuff.

If you LOVE art, and you want a piece created just for you, with unimaginable meaning, you’re in the right place.

Show how much you care with beautiful custom realism art that grabs right at the heart.

If you LOVE art, and you want a piece created just for you, with unimaginable meaning, you’re in the right place.

“Love, love love thank you! She cried when she opened it and said it was the most thoughtful gift she has ever received.” Carrie Burke

Dog portrait drawing by Rebecca Hill of Glowbug Design

A Portrait by Glowbug is for you if:


  • You are looking for a really unique gift that shows beyond doubt you have really thought about them.
  • You want art by someone who really listens to what you want.
  • You want to remember someone very special to you with a beautiful memorial, capturing a real spark of their personality.
  • You love art and my style speaks to you. You would fill your home with original art if you could.
  • You have a photo of a moment that is important to you, and you want to bring it to life.

    It’s not just a pretty wall piece, it’s about love, plain and simple.

Choose Your Size

The Mini Magic 5″x7″ Portrait:

Great things come in small packages. Frame it tight for portability, to keep on your desk, bedside table, childs room, man cave. Frame it large with a matt border for more impact. Best suited for one subject only.

Drawn with premium coloured pencils on quality paper.

Prices start at $125 CAD for 1 subject unframed.
Free standard Canada Post shipping is included with this size.

The Shine Out 8″x10″ Portrait:

This size allows for one subject with a little more detail or 2 closely arranged subjects.

Drawn with premium coloured pencils on quality paper

Prices start at $199 CAD for 1 subject unframed.
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The Glow Big or Go Home 11″x14″ Portrait:

Make a bigger statement. This size is perfect for 2 subjects, or 3 closely arranged.

Drawn with premium coloured pencils on quality paper

Prices start at $299 CAD for 1 subject unframed.
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Pricing Guide

Download my portraits sales guide with pricing here:

“I can’t imagine how you create the glow of emotion with coloured pencils but you’ve done it. He looks alive! This is really something special. Thank you.”

– Jane M. (cat memorial portrait)

“You really nailed the love between them. I can’t get over their eyes. 🥰
She loves it ❤️ it definitely was emotional. She was really really touched. Thank you for helping me make this happen.”
S. G. (memorial portrait)

“I cannot convey in words just how good this is and how much it really does look like her. The end product was unreal. You are so talented Becca and I can’t thank you enough.”
V. H. (dog portrait)

Family Portraits

Mother & Children portraits Halifax Nova Scotia
Girl with Yorkie Puppy - Children and pet portraits Halifax Nova Scotia
Toddler and baby portraits Nova Scotia Canada

Dog Portraits

Dog portraits Nova Scotia Canada
dog pet portrait drawing, Portrait artist illustrator
golden retriever dog portraits by Glowbug Design, Truro Nova Scotia
Bearded Collie dog portrait commission by Rebecca Hill
dog portraits Halifax Nova Scotia - minature dashund
corgi dog portraits by Glowbug Design, Truro Nova Scotia

Horse Portraits

horse drawing portrait drawing, pencil crayon Nova Scotia Portrait artist illustrator
Horse portrait drawing, Truro Portrait artist illustrator
SHire horse portrait drawing, Truro Portrait artist

Cat Portraits

cat pet portrait drawing, Truro Portrait artist illustrator
Dog portraits Nova Scotia Canada
hedgehog pet portrait drawing, Truro Portrait artist illustrator

shh yes I’m a cat not a hedgehog in my dreams.

“Rebecca you have an incredible skill/talent! It’s the expression; I can’t imagine how you do it but you’ve done it again. I was speechless (and tearful) as I opened his’s gift yesterday. It is so true to her. I will treasure this. Thank you.”

– J.M. (horse portrait)

“You really got his eyes! 🥰
The more I look at it the more I love it, and the more tears. Thank you so much for bringing this to life.”
S.G. (memorial portrait)

“Do you I feel I got the portrait I was looking for? Absolutely! Much more than I expected! The drawing was just as lovely as I had hoped it would be…”

– R. Vereker (toddler & baby portrait)

The Process

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Step 1: Get in touch!

Send me an email to discuss the project. Send along a few photos of what you want drawn and I can confirm a quote, and let you know which photo will work best.

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Step 2: Secure your place in my schedule

Payment is due before I begin. Once settled I can let you know an approximate turnaround time, based on the complexity, and the distance it needs to be shipped. If you have an event you want the art for, please let me know right away.

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Step 3: Mock-up creation

I take your best photo and then create a mock-up in Photoshop. This is where I decide on the composition, how much to zoom in, what details and distractions to remove, and if it needs one, how the background should look. I send this to you to approve or suggest changes. This is the best time to have your input in the process.

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Step 4: The drawing stage

I map out the sketch and create the art using high quality pencil crayons. This part can take anywhere from 5 – 30 hours, depending on the size and complexity.

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Step 5: Approval

I send you a photo of the art by email or through Facebook.   The pencils are high pigment and will not erase easily or completely from the paper so at this stage only very minor adjustments can be made.

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Step 6: Ship to you

Shipping is not included in the cost so I will give the rates when you order depending on where you live, what size the portrait is , and whether you want it tracked. Frames are not included. I mail the larger art in a mailing tube and the small art flat in an envelope, protected with cardboard. Enjoy!

Hello! I’m Rebecca


A BA Hons Graphic Design & Illustration graduate. Passionate creator of things from a tiny age including illustrating children’s books, T-shirt art, brand and logo design, and web design. Having worked as a graphic artist and web designer in my business Glowbug Design & Illustrations for over a decade, I’m now returning to my absolute favourite pastime – drawing.

Continuously upgrading my skills with courses and practice, and with 15+ years of working with clients to ensure they are happy with the finished pieces, I’m excited to pay tribute to the beloved in your life. Contact me to get started!

Rebecca Hill - portrait artist at Glowbug Design
“Wow!!! That’s amazing!!!” – Laura H. (toddler & Baby portrait)

“OMG that is amazing. You are super talented! I absolutely love it. It’s just beautiful!
Thank you so much ☺️😍🥰.” – Veronica H. (dog portrait)

“Omg?!? You are incredible…. Rebecca, you are very gifted. It really captured the sweet, kind nature he has. I don’t know how you did it, but you captured the twinkle in his eyes❤️” – Dawn T. (dog portrait)


  • What if what I want is not on the pricelist, e.g. a picture of my home?
    I’m up for interesting projects! Let’s talk. For a custom quote, email me using the form below, or message me on my Facebook page.
  • Why can I only have one subject on the smallest paper?
    I recommend only one subject so I can get the best results with the detail. If you specifically want two or more subjects on it, I may be willing to try, depending on the complexity of your photos. Each extra subject is an additional cost. Email or message me on my Facebook page to discuss.
  • What if I don’t have a good quality photo of who I want drawn?
    The better the photo, the better the outcome. I can still make portraits with many damaged or fuzzier photos, however the results will be more stylized. The more photos you can send the better. I can let you know which from the ones you send would be a good fit my my art style.
  • What are your payment terms?
    Due to the custom nature of the art I require a deposit of 50% to secure your booking and the balance paid before receiving the artwork paid via EMT. Please email me to discuss if you have special circumstances.
  • What is your process?
    Once the quote is agreed upon I will send a terms document to agree to. When the deposit is paid I will spend time choosing the best composition from a selection of photos you send. The next step is making a rough photoshop mock up of the composition, which will be emailed to you for approval. Then I get to work on the artwork. When complete, and the final invoice paid I will ship the artwork rolled in a mailing tube.
  • Do you frame?
    If framing is required as part of a gift, I can arrange this as an extra cost. Please email to discuss.
  • How long will the drawing take?
    Every piece is different. If you have a target date, please let me know at the beginning and I will let you know if it is possible. In the requirements document I will outline the timeline so you know when we can expect to hear from each other during the process.
  • Can I request revisions?
    The purpose of the mock up is to make sure you are happy with the layout and look before I start the drawing. However, I will consider up to 2 very minor revisions before completion. I put a lot of effort making sure my art is high quality and have not had anyone disappointed with the results.
  • Can we talk on the phone before I commit to see if we are a good fit?
    Yes, if you are happy with my pricing and the look of my work, please email me to set up a time for a call. However, email is my preferred method of contact.
  • What is the medium used?
    I use high quality light fast Prismacolor coloured pencils on Canson pastel paper.
  • Do you offer refunds?
    No refunds are available. Likeness is a subjective quality and I can’t guarantee it. The process I use means you get a fair sense of how the finished art will look before I start drawing. I reserve the right to adjust the art as per my artistic style, but I always endeavour to capture the essence of your photo.
  • I’m ready to start. What’s the next step?
    Email me using the contact form to lock in your spot on my schedule and get the ball rolling. I’ll answer any questions about the process so you know what to expect.


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To email me, use the form below or contact me through social media.

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