Traditionally, ateliers used a high quality, handmade paper called 'Roma' produced by the renowned Italian paper mill Fabriano. Unfortunately, Fabriano have recently ceased production of its toned papers. I carried out some research into suitable toned alternatives and LARA has published my findings on their website.
Click here to read about my investigations.
Here is an image of a recent portrait commission in pencil, which I did towards the end of last year. It shows the drawing about a day before completion.
It was a lovely little drawing to work on. The reference photograph was perfect. Babies can be difficult subjects to capture, but the photo here has such a nice sense of character and light, which made it a real pleasure.
If you're interested in commissioning a portrait of a loved one, please do take a look at the Commissions page and get in touch to let me know what you have in mind. For more information on my portrait commissions see here.
Ben Laughton Smith
Contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.