This is the drawing I did on Thursday in my drawing class. I'm rather pleased with the rapidly sketched in stance of the artist at the easel - she wasn't posing and she certainly wasn't standing still! My friend sitting on the drawing donkey tells me I didn't get his hair right!
I'm also very pleased with the face - which is tiny in reality.
Practical hints and tips for doing drawings like this one:
- clean up the paper to get rid of any superfluous graphite which may have crept into the highlight areas otherwise you will have the most awful time trying to get a reasonable image from a photo. I forgot to do this and after the first photos had to stop, clean it up and rephotograph it!
- use Blue-Tak to pick out tiny highlights and adjustments to them (as I did on the girl's face) . You can shape it to the size of the highlight. Rolling it over the area also softens an area of graphite.
- if you're facing the light coming through the windows, treat it as a plein air experience and get the value pattern down quickly as it's going to change as you draw.
[Updated 17th May: to replace crop of head with a better scan and to test the image upload function]