Pandemic Portrait – Making A Start

6 May

willow charcoal

I made a start on a portrait drawing today. I rarely work from photographs, I’d much rather draw from a live model, but we’re in pandemic lockdown so I’ll do this one from a photo. I’m using a lovely sheet of vintage British hand-made paper with a deckle edge made by W H Saunders mill, which no longer exists unfortunately. First of all I roughly sketched the head onto the paper with a 2B pencil, below, but it’s very faint so then I redrew it with willow charcoal (above).


I’m going to leave it til tomorrow so that I can come at it with fresh eyes and check the proportions, make sure everythngs in the right place.

3 Responses to “Pandemic Portrait – Making A Start”

  1. Bernard Mitchell May 7, 2020 at 09:20 #

    Hi Rose, Thanks for making a start, if you prefer we can wait for this virus to pass and do it from life, I know you like living people, I will leave it with you, kind regards, Bernard0

    • Rosie Scribblah May 7, 2020 at 17:44 #

      Thanks Bernard. I’ll see how I get on with this. Hope that you and yours are well. Rose 🙂

  2. Bernard Mitchell May 7, 2020 at 09:09 #


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