Although so far I’ve only drawn wild animals (with the exception of the recent domestic cat commission!), for some reason I got the urge to have a go at drawing my first human. As far as I was concerned it needed to be someone instantly recognisable – if people can recognise who it is, then at least I know I’m on the right track towards being able to draw people! After much deliberation I picked my subject and made a start. I started using oil-based colour pencils but very quickly encountered a bout of self-doubt, and decided to start again using graphite. I’m not sure I did myself any favours by doing that, but I’ve gone too far to change my mind again. The following phone photo shows where I was with this drawing a couple of days ago. I’ll no doubt post at least one more update before it’s finished.
As with most of my previous drawings, it's always tricky to know when to stop. I think I've done all I can with this portrait of David Attenborough. I'd wanted to draw a human for a while, despite me previously telling myself I was only interested in drawing wildlife. Like ... Read more