I've been asked to teach a self portrait class up at Lil, Sonny & Sky's school.
I've never actually done a self portrait (don't like the idea of studying my face too much... although I could use artistic licence and rub out a few laughter lines!)
So I've been prepping for the class.
I've drawn portrait's of Lil & Sky but none of Sonny.
So, yesterday afternoon after being inspired by a friends husband who'd drawn a gorgeous portrait of his daughter Cecilia, I started this portrait of Sonny from a black and white photo I have.
I forgot how addictive it is, I didn't want to stop once I'd started!
I build up the colour and shade using cross hatching and use Berol Karisma/Prisma color pencils which have an oily base to them rather than a chalky one, so are easy to blend.
I like the texture that cross hatching gives an image.
and this is the finished portrait, finished at half ten last night in between, putting a wash on making the tea, bathing and bedtime routine!
I'm going to call this portrait 'Penny for them'
It's very different from the screen printed style of 'Piggy back' which is based on me and Sonny.
( I have to piggy back Son up the apples and pears to bed every night!)
The next portrait I draw of Sonny is going to be more cheeky and capture some of that Sonny mischievousness and energy!
See More creative spaces tonight at lovely Kootoyoo