Yesterday out of the blue I was given a commission to do a portrait - a lovely lady who brings her grandson to the language and play sessions that I run (that's my day job!) asked me if I do pencil work and when I said yes she asked me if I could do a portrait of a couple she knows for their anniversary - 'yikes!!!!' I thought but a little voice inside me said 'go for it' - so I said I would have a go but if she didn't like the finished result there would be no obligation to buy - so it takes the pressure off a little bit! I haven't done graphite portraits for months and months so it is a bit daunting - ' Better get some practice in this week' I thought - before I get the photo for the commission! - so the watercolours may be on the back burner for a few days and you'll be bombarded with my graphite attempts! I've been so obsessed with watercolours for the last year that I've completely neglected all other mediums! I do enjoy working with graphite and have done a few portraits but am definitely a bit out of practice. One of the last portraits I did was the above one - Li Newton lives in San Salvador and takes the most beautiful photographs of the people who live there - and has very generously posted many of them to PaintmyPhoto. I've drawn and painted a few of her photographs and this is probably my favourite.
Rachael from San Salvador from a photo by Li Newton
So I'll be sharpening my pencils after tea tonight and getting back into the graphite work - wish me luck!!!