Portrait Challenge – Part 2

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This portrait started quite well and I was really pleased with what I had achieved…..then something happened and I lost it somewhere.


At this stage things are still going pretty well but somewhere in the next stage I lost a little.

rose006 sm

rose006 closeup

It is a nice picture….I like it …but it is not Rose.  I checked with her mum and this is what she said.

“It’s definitely Rose, but not quite Rose – and can’t quite put my finger on it.
You have captured the intenseness of her eyes really well – and the hat, hair and face shape are perfect. I’ve just been comparing the drawing to a small version of the photo – and the more I look at the drawing, the more I am falling in love with it…”

I am glad that she likes it but I obviously have some more work to do on likenesses but I will learn!  I am not unhappy with this picture, I knew this would be a learning experience and I learned a lot from this….I just need to learn more.  I think I will do this portrait again after some more practice to see how I am improving (hopefully).

Here are the 2 images together….somewhere around the cheeks and eyes I went wrong.

rose006 sm




  • Kushlani Hall
    October 9, 2009

    It’s soooo close. Take a deep breath. Squint UR eyes. Find the dakest darks and the lightest lights and let the pencils take over. I’m sure you’ll get more of her spirit in there then.

  • Inverkeithing
    October 12, 2009

    Hi P,
    This is a beautiful picture, but you did set a tough test asking a mum to comment on an image of her daughter!!! What are you like! Anyway, I am no expert, but I thought I’d take a step back and see where the direct comparison with the photo differs. Here goes (you’ll never talk to me again) …
    – The eye’s are great, but in your picture she’s looking right at me and in the photo her eyeline in over my right shoulder. (But I don’t think this has a material impact on the character.)
    – On the photo I think the cheek bones are slightly higher giving a more happy/contented expression.
    – And there’s something about that precotious top lip 🙂
    Hope that helps, but feel free to ignore as I’m definitely a non-artist!
    Take care and … HB (again!)
    … Dx

  • Pamela
    October 13, 2009

    Challenges are only any good if they are tough.

    Thank you for your comments, they confirm what I knew already so that is good. I will improve….I hope…but will still continue with difficult challenges.

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