Portrait Progress

As part of my effort to get back to drawing I’ve started making sketches of snapshots I take of the girls. Originally the plan was to take a new snap every day, and then try to sketch it in 5-10 minutes or less. The goal is to learn to draw a fairly recognizable likeness quickly.

I’ve done three so far, and I believe I’ve made a little progress:

This was the first attempt. Ginny (on the right) looks particularly scary!

The second attempt, of Riley, I think was better. Bordering on recognizable, but still not very good. the eyes are passable for now, but the area around her mouth is a mess. This one looks more youthful than the other two, and I’m not sure why that is.

This last attempt was better yet in some respects. The eyes are marginally better than the last one, but I got the position of the head wrong. She also looks way too old, and I don’t know what it is that makes her look old. Her face also looks flat. I’m guessing that is shading and not the shape of the outline. Of the three, I spent the least time on this one. It was also done in my main journal instead of a pocket Moleskine sketchbook like the other two, and there is some extraneous graphite smudges from the facing page.

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