Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Portraits #5 to #8

These past three weeks, I just didn't seem to find the energy to get working at my easle and drawing board in the evenings. With the freezing weather we're having at the moment, all I want to do is curl up on the sofa under my warm fleeze blanket, sip hot chocolate and watch the telly. And that's what I've been doing most of the evenings. But it's not that I haven't been doing anything at all portrait-wise. Most of the time, I was drawing into my sketchbook while watching the telly. 

When I set myself my 100 portraits challenge, I didn't mean to count my sketchbook drawings as "proper" portraits toward the challenge, only the ones done on individual, larger sheets of paper. But now I've been thinking. If I don't count half of the portraits I'm doing, how will I ever get to complete my 100 portraits? And really, these portraits take about as much time and effort as the other ones, even if they're only half their size. So I've now decided to count them as well. So here they are, numbers 5 to 8.

The process of drawing a portrait still completely amazes me. How everything starts coming together, taking shape and beginning to look like a human begin, against all expectation. The eyes are still the biggest challenge, noses still need lots of practice too, but the mouthes are beginning to look not too bad.

Does anyone happen to know how to arrange pictures in a Blogger page? Mine always end up all over the place, and never in the order I want them too.


  1. Each one is so full of individuality as each personality shows through....wonderful!

    Can't help with Blogger, I'm afraid.

  2. I think you should count these as portraits for you 100! I just took a face drawing class (I am actually beginning to feel some success but NOWHERE near where yours are). I was on a plane and practiced drawing lots of smaller faces and I found I learned so much from them like those eyes are evil, those eyes are baby, lips that shape look like a botox experiment gone bad, etc. I also learned what I liked, what shapes worked for me and more of the why. Every face I draw gets me closer to where I want to be as an artist and I imagine it is the same for you. Count them with pride!

  3. Wonderful. Eyes really are the key - aren't they? I'm still learning but placing the catchlights correctly seems to be the key for me. I struggle with mouths, and yours are great. Blogger remains a mystery is oh so many ways!

  4. Fantastic skin shades. Very clever.