The Difference Between a Drawing and a Portrait

Comfort (Graphite)

Comfort (Graphite)

I’ve been drawing on the train from Wollongong again… no, I haven’t been stalking small sleepy children. This time I had a supply of inspiration photos with me including this one which I’ve been meaning to paint for ages.

I know I have the excuse that the train was bumping up and down, but I’m a bit disappointed that my sketch isn’t a terribly good likeness. Although I’m very happy with the sketch itself, it does look like a little girl sleeping, I do wonder whether Mum and Grandma will recognise who it is…

To me this is a perfect example of how difficult it is to capture a recognisable portrait of someone. The features are mostly correct, to the extent that they’re absolutely believable, but even a few millimetres out and it’s a different child. I also have a problem that my drawings of children tend to add years to them, they invariably look older than they should. Generally I’m very pleased with tonight’s attempt, however it’s another area to keep practising :-).