It has been some time since I published a drawing, partly because I have been too busy with other things, and partly because of clients not wishing commissions uploaded to the internet. The latter I am not altogether happy about, but I have to respect their wishes, especially where children are concerned. Luckily it doesn’t happen often.

This one, which was taken from a photo showing a little girl on the seafront, was an enjoyable enterprise, as I was given pretty much a free hand as to which of the supplied photographs I used, and how I cropped it. The only stipulation was that it had to be a large work.

It turned out 50 x 58 cm in the end, that includes margins, and was executed with the usual selection of graphite pencils, paper stumps and a putty eraser. I have tried a new paper for it because the one I used previously does not come in the size I needed for this portrait. It is available from Jackson’s Art Supplies here, for those who are interested, and is another smooth watercolour paper.

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Sunshine – Graphite Pencil on Watercolour Paper


4 thoughts on “Sunshine

  1. Another delightful creation, and pretty big, too. Is it daunting to do a portrait on that scale? I like the idea of it being that big and making a real impact hanging on a wall. I imagine the parents were chuffed to bits with this.

    • Thank you, Lorna, no, I didn’t really find it particularly daunting in spite of its size, even though it takes some time to complete. Daunting is when the photograph I am working from doesn’t yield all the information I need, or when there are lots of minute details or repetitive and regular shapes and shades like you might get in large pieces of architecture. Then the process gets tedious and tiresome, and the knowledge of that being ahead of me can be daunting. The client was indeed well pleased, but then he knows my work from past experience and may also well be back for more in the future 🙂

  2. Your drawings are just magnificent Sonja and this is no exception. Interesting to hear you talking about paper. I have just been preparing for an exhibition and was looking for the very best paper for the prints. I went to Hahnemuhle and found a 100% cotton photo rag that delivers incredible detail. The paper is so important to us all it seems. Lovely to see some of your work after so long. 🙂

    • Thanks very much Adrian, sorry I have been a bit absent on your page these last few months, which is no reflection on your work, we’ve just had lots going on. The notifications are still sitting in my in folder because I was hoping to get round to looking at them eventually, but I am thinking the way things are going it is a lost cause and I will just have to join in again as I go along.

      Paper is indeed always an important factor, it can make or break a work, in art as well as photography. I had looked at Hahnemühle papers myself as they make art papers, too, but for this kind of drawing I need something which has a very smooth surface, but with just enough tooth to take the graphite and not have it slide around on the surface. It also must be able to withstand a degree of abuse as paper stumps and putty rubbers are part of my tools to achieve some of the effects in my drawings. This is where they are all different and it is a case of trying a few and sticking with what works best for you. I have certainly taken a mental note of the paper you use for your photographs, as that might come in as handy knowledge at some point, and I am a stickler for detail.

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