At last, after months in the doldrums, I'm drawing again. Of course, I've done the China sketches in the meantime, but I really wanted to get my teeth into a portrait. This is just a small section of it, and no doubt it will go through many changes before it's finished but it's a portrait of my brother Steve - yes, I have another brother! Anyway, this is going to be challenging I think, and it's in early stages, so I'll post a little work in progress to keep the blog updated. I'm using only Lyra Rembrandt pencils to get a feel for them (and to get away from using watercolour pencils) but I'm missing the Cretacolors for the Ochre Light and English Red combination that was so good for skin tones. The yellow especially as that shade was perfect but it doesn't seem to have an equal in other brands. With this portrait I'm trying out the flesh tones (I used Light Flesh for the first layer) and overlaying yellows, reds and using a lovely magenta for deepening and accentuating (I love magenta, I first used it for shading the skin in the opera singers sketch). I'm still not totally satisfied with the shades yet, so there is definitely potential for overworking this one if I'm not careful!
Lyra Rembrandt pencils on cartridge paper. Background music courtesy of Foo Fighters (Echos, Silence, Patience & Grace)!