I had to approach this one in a completely different way by using a grid to accurately sketch the face first, this was the daunting bit, even planning out the grid was a challenge in itself never mind sketching as accurately as i possibly could! One line slightly out of place could jeopardise the whole thing and it was a nervy, tentative start for me! The rest of it just seemed to come together naturally, i was used to the shading part and everything was in it's place from the sketch! It was very strange once the eyes were in, i was being observed from the paper itself!
Today i finished my Snow Baby portrait, and i must say i am very pleased with myself! Maybe i won't be so frightened of the portrait from now on, who knows maybe i'll even do one of myself!
|"Snow Baby", Polychromos pencils and white gel pen (for highlights) on A4 paper.|
Reference photo curtesy of Sally Ford as part of Colored Pencil Magazine's art challenge