Blog A Sprog

19 Jan


I’ve been taking advantage of babysitting family sprogs to carry on practicing drawing heads of children. It was the two-year old’s turn today. I mesmerised him with a DVD of Tractor Tom and scribbled with graphite into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook. I had a couple of attempts first before it finally clicked and I’ve ended up with a reasonable likeness and a drawing that I like. I’m very pleased with the flexible and flowing line the graphite has given me.

I tend to fail at portraiture with children because I can’t accept the extreme proportions that are right in front of my eyes but this time I forced myself to pay close attention to what was actually there and forget the nagging voice in my head telling me that the proportions couldn’t possibly be like that. The face is very small and drops away at the bottom of the head, leaving a very large brow. The little ear, so round, is set very far back, the upper lip juts out further than the tip of the nose and the chin falls away completely. And there’s the MASSIVE cheeks (food storage pouches) and huge eyes to contend with. It shoudn’t work but it does. Yes, chuffed with that 😀

12 Responses to “Blog A Sprog”

  1. allesistgut January 20, 2015 at 08:42 #

    Well done. It’s a great practice to sketch some uncommons “things”. Have a lovely day! 😉

    • Rosie Scribblah January 20, 2015 at 10:48 #

      It’s certainly a challenge. Cold snap coming here, I think it’s coming from you 😀

      • allesistgut January 21, 2015 at 09:53 #

        It’s our revenge for the grey and wet weath you sent the last weeks. 😉

    • Rosie Scribblah January 21, 2015 at 13:21 #

      Humph! 😉

  2. annerose January 20, 2015 at 01:39 #

    Perfect!, it’s funny how when you draw what is actually there, then it does works.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 20, 2015 at 10:48 #

      Thank you. It’s hard accepting what is actually there, sometimes 🙂

  3. mrsdaffodil January 20, 2015 at 00:46 #

    Yes, you have every right to be pleased with yourself. You’ve really captured the child’s profile. Love the curve of the cheek.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 20, 2015 at 10:47 #

      Thank you. His mother recognised him so it must be ok 😀

  4. paperstew January 20, 2015 at 00:30 #

    Nicely done!

  5. jhv57 January 20, 2015 at 00:19 #

    Beautiful-love the graphite-so rich

    • Rosie Scribblah January 20, 2015 at 10:46 #

      Thanks, I’m getting used to graphite, away from my usual drawing pens 🙂

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