One of the images for the Pen and Ink Project at WetCanvas this month is a beautiful portrait photo (by board member OzonaLori). I’ve never attempted a portrait in ink before… for me it’s scary enough in an erasable medium like pencil! Years and years ago (30 or so?!), (before I knew better than to be intimidated by it), I drew likenesses in pencil and charcoal, but stopped. I don’t know why.
But the lady’s lovely expression, the wrinkled skin, and the range of values in the image were irresistible…
Here is my try at it:
If you think I simply dashed this off freehand in an hour or two, you’d be mistaken. 😉 As is the case with most of my drawings, I did quite a bit of “under drawing” in pencil before putting pen to paper. I think I spent just about as much time trying to get the pencil drawing right as I did on the inking… at least it felt that way!
There’s always room for improvement of course, but I really enjoyed this exercise.