I've been looking through hundreds of reference photos I've built up over the years looking for inspiration ... haven't found 'the one' yet but I did come across lots of pastel portraits from 2005 which was about the time I started drawing after a very long gap. These were friends' horses and dogs and usually done in a couple of hours using soft pastels .... very basic / loose. In those days I usually worked for the price of a bottle of Bacardi or similar LOL
Sadly most of these 4 legged lovelies are no longer with us ....
Shortly afterwards I drew my first 'human' - David (hubby). Again this was done quickly. He was being rude to me one morning so as soon as he left for work I found a photo of him wearing a beret (think it was part of a fancy dress costume) and by the time he came home from work I'd finished this and published on the website for all to see!
and from there I decided I really liked doing more detailed drawings and I concentrated on graphite work. These are from 2006
Also there has been a huge improvement in the types/colours of support available for both pastel and cp work - I love sanded papers for pastel work and also the Clairefontaint Pastelmat textured paper for pastel and/or coloured pencils.
OK - enough old stuff for now ... must get ready now as we're meeting friends for lunch (so much for the diet)
If I don't get some new art work on the go soon you may be subjected to more 'art from the archives'.