I haven't drawn a straight-up pencil portrait for about five years, but the urge to draw something beautiful suddenly came over me.
Seeings as it's been so long, I wasn't expecting miracles, but here's how it went.
I raided Tanya's Instagram and found a photo of her face that I liked (it was very difficult, she's not very nice to look at).
Next, using a pen and a ruler, I plotted a gird (mine is made up of square inches, but you can make yours bigger or small).
With pencil, I then lightly drew out the grid on the paper I was going to work on. This time I made it from inch and half squares (making my image 1.5x larger than the one I was copying).
Using the grid makes life much easier when you're trying to get an accurate image; you can focus on one square at time and really make sure that all of you lines are in the right place.
Then I sketched out the lines of Tan's face before erasing the grid.
Once the main lines were down, I began shading and adding detail.
It was at this point that I realised that I was actually working in the wrong sketch pad. I had picked up my pastel paper pad without thinking. Pastel paper is a little too textured and lumpy-bumpy for the pencil drawing I had in mind, but decided that I had come this far, so I may as well stick with it.
As a result I couldn't get to the detail I really wanted, and I kind of lost patience with the hair, but you get the idea. If I'd been sensible, I think it could have been pretty good!
NOTE TO SELF: ALWAYS CHECK THE SKETCH PAD BEFORE YOU DRAW (this is not the first time I have done this. I spent hours drawing a horse the other day, and couldn't work out why it kept smudging, only to realise that I was doing it on marker paper).
If you would like me to, I'll keep you posted on anything else I draw. Just let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading,