Monday, 19 May 2014

100 portraits: #32 and #33

Two more portraits in my series of 100 portraits. I still have a long way to go, but I'm getting there. Slowly, very slowly, but I'm enjoying the process of trying out different styles and mediums. And that's the main thing, and what this my challenge is all about - trying out different things, and having fun, and getting lots of practice.

Portrait #32, N., charcoal and white pastel. I don't usually bother much about likeness when using a reference photo, it's more about getting the proportions right, and making it look like a human face. But here I wanted to get the likeness, and I'm happy to say that I did. I think it helps when you draw someone you know, instead of using images from magazines or the internet, as I usually do. Knowing someone's character, the twinkle in his eyes, the smile etc. all these things somehow help to catch the person on paper.

Portrait #33, done in pastels. For this I used a magazine reference again. No likeness to the person, but I like how she turned out. Her name's Miranda King, a headstrong young woman who wants to become an actress, and to conquer the big city's stages with her renderings of literature's heroines. And I think she might well achieve her dream.


  1. Beautiful work. I was especially moved by the first portrait -- such a poignant expression on his face. You've captured a thoughtful and intriguing moment.

  2. I love this series, and want to do it myself (I'm doing a 12 portrait series this year instead, but I guess that can count towards it!). Love the first portrait :)

  3. The portraits are fabulous and it is such a fantastic way of keeping our drawing skills in check! And I love the fresh new look of your blog too. Wonderful! xx

  4. Your portraits have such feeling . . . I especially like the second one.