Since I started drawing regularly on a small sketchbook which is more the size of a notebook (13cm x 21cm) I’ve found it much easier to draw than before.
I don’t really know why. In my big sketchbook (I have an A3 and an A4 so they’re not really that big) I worry about wasting paper and I get the feeling that everything has got to be good. Both of these things make it more difficult to draw freely which is what I’m trying to do. In my new little notebook style sketchbook it’s so much better. I can always find something I want to draw and I’m much more able to take risks and try new things.
In this portrait I was really aiming for a loose feel to the linework and to just get a feel for my subject visually. This is a lady who sometimes comes to our church and has a remarkable face. She looks so calm and regal and I really want to make a painting of her one day. She has given me permission, but I’m still at the sketching stage.
Here’s the sketch – it’s done in pencil with some fineline ink outlines.
Once I’d scanned my drawing into the PC I also had a go at adding some colour using the cell shading technique I used before.
PS: Apologies about the handwriting on the top of this portrait. I still have this blooming chest infection so I’m taking a lot of Ventolin which gives me hands the shakes. I can manage to draw with some difficulty when this happens but my handwriting is terrible.