This pencil portrait of baby Tilde was commission work for a grandmother of her baby granddaughter.
I measured the top and bottom of the face first. By doing so I had the overall size of the head on my paper.
Afterwards I measured the triangle – eyes, nose and mouth. Then the ears, hair and the jaw line.
I made little fix points to state where these crucial landmarks were.
Then I drew the eyes and the pupils, the nose and the mouth from my fix points. It was just drawn at this stage with soft lines that I could erase had I the need.
Afterwards I drew the jaw line, the chin, the cheeks and the hair. The overall face was not done
Shadows and values
At the end I gently sketched in the darkest areas like corners of the eyes, the nostrils, the mouth and the ear canals.
The I sketched the cheeks and darkest shadows and values on the face. Primarily on the right side of the portrait
After this I put down the portrait for a day
The day after I adjusted the eyes and the overall value theme
And lastly I made the highlights which I marked a little extra with a line a around them.
Overall I’m happy with the similarity to the reference of the pencil portrait of baby Tilde. I like the expression with the pencil and that you can see that it’s made with a pencil solely. I’ve done a lot of portrait drawings to this day so I feel fairly confident when I start a portrait now a days. That gives me room to experiment a little extra which I felt I did with this one
Links to previous content
For more information about how I build up my portrait step by step follow this link https://portraitpaintingblog.com/portrait-painting-step-by-step/
Fore more information about how I mix my colors follow this link https://portraitpaintingblog.com/color-palette-portrait-painting/
Links to the materials and brands I use
Paint from Winsor & Newton artist color: http://www.winsornewton.com/row/
Bristle brushes from Rosemary and Co: https://www.rosemaryandco.com/
Ampersand boards from: https://www.ampersandart.com/
Nylon brushes from Trekell: https://www.trekell.com/