Graphite on Bristol Board
From December 2 Post
(When I wasn’t cooking or visiting I was drawing a picture of my daughter. I wasn’t expecting much, since it was my second portrait, although it was going slow it was going really well. I had spent about 18-20 hours total. It’s a pretty large drawing at 14 x 17 and when I was doing the finishing touches, my eraser left 2 drag marks across her cheek. The marks weren’t noticeable until I put down a layer graphite and there it is! It looks almost like a grease spot with pencil marks on top. Needless to say, I was heartbroken and I must confess I was close to tears. I mean that was a lot of work that is completely unsalvageable. At first I thought it was the paper, but using the same eraser on a different paper the same thing happened. So another lesson I have learned is to NEVER use a white eraser no matter what the drawing books say, just use a kneaded eraser and pat . ) I decided to post the picture anyway. Below is the same picture with the spots circled so you could see what I was talking about. I have tried many times to get the likeness right in other drawings. But for some reason I can’t capture her as well as I did in this portrait. So…… this is my beautiful little girl Alana spots and all. There is alot of pressure in drawing portraits rather than other subjects. I mean if the smallest thing is off, it looks nothing like the person. My favorite part of drawing this portrait is the hair. I could have drawn each individual strand. I guess drawing all that fur on animals paid off.
David was very helpful and would tell me when I needed to change something. I think he is going to be next on my hit list.