Though my recent tiny fruit and gorilla sketch were quick, light hearted fun, I did spend around 6 or 7 hours on this, and it’s my first portrait (barring the ones in the 25 days to better drawing course).
It’s of my best friend, and it looks ‘similar’ to him, but wouldn’t wash in an identity parade…
I was really pleased with 1. the time I was able to spend on it, intent on making it as good as I could 2. what I learned as I went regarding accuracy and value. I couldn’t get rid of the grid lines, however, which was a totally different lesson!
It struck me that, on some drawings, I’m convincing myself that accuracy isn’t the be all and end all. Yet, on a portrait of someone I know really well, it’s absolutely crucial in my mind that I capture ‘them’, whatever that means.
It seems like a bit of a paradox, but certainly one I can live with.
(the other thing I learned is that, at this scale, I don’t have to actually define each and every tooth…)