This portrait was done over two weeks in charcoal and white chalk. I really enjoyed finding the soft transitions and the structure of the face. The pose itself was fairly unremarkable and the costume is plain, which meant I needed to look for opportunities to add interest wherever possible. I particularly wanted to do this around the hair, ear and earring. I also enjoyed trying to capture the texture of the jumper. The resulting drawing, I hope, captures the placid, contemplative character of the sitter.
Ben Laughton Smith
Aspiring artist, training in the classical tradition.