Whilst awaiting the final ref. photo for the family group portrait, I tweaked the coloured pencil drawing and am now calling it finished. Its not so detailed as some of my drawings but was meant to be more of a sepia sketch ...
It probably doesn't look a lot different but I darkened the background slightly and also photographed it in daylight so the colour is more true than previous posts
I've made a start on another graphite commission which isn't scheduled till February, but I can put this to one side when ready to start the family group (which will probably be next week as I've heard from my client that he has been ill and unable to search for photos - the portrait is to be a surprise for his wife so he has to be sneaky).
Anyway, I started this yesterday afternoon and have worked on it for several hours today. It is A3, graphite pencil on Mellotex paper. Progress feels slow but I have to keep the layers light and build them up gradually to ensure a smooth appearance. Hurrying could leave pencil marks that can't be hidden/blended away.
The Mellotex paper is bright white but the camera always makes black & white pictures look grey. I won't stop to scan/stitch the portrait till its finished - or close to completion.
As usual, I started on the eyes as I really hate staring at empty sockets when drawing :-) then onto the mouth and slowly adding skintones/contouring the face. I'm using 2H and B pencils for the skin
The paper towels are what I use to rest my hand on - grease from skin/hands will show on graphite pictures and can't be disguised so its important to shield the paper.
You can see what happens when I get bored with skintone ... I 'flit' around and have added a few of the deep shadows in her hair ... back to skin when next at the drawing board on Sunday
Have a good weekend everyone