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As always when painting a portrait, I recommend bringing everything up together, rather than painting one feature in isolation. It’s helpful to half-close your eyes and see the general darks and lights in the whole area of the face. Before locating the mouth, I like to find the shape of the face in which it sits. I identify the edge where the hair meets the skin of the forehead and find the particular turn of the chin. Between these two edges, a shadow runs down the left side of the face. Once the general face shape is established, I place the nose in relation to the forehead and the chin.
Make the commitment to do something in your sketchbook, every day. This takes discipline, and there’s always a reason not to, but sticking to this plan will really help. It need not be an epic image; a simple doodle, or a two minute drawing will do. Always carry your sketchbook with you, you never know when inspiration might strike. Prepare your sketchbook pages in advance by covering each double page spread with washes of pale colour of ink stain. This helps make a new sketchbook much less intimidating.
Sketching “ People say, ‘It is only a sketch’. It takes the genius of a real artist to make a good sketch – to express the most important things in life – the fairness of a face – to represent air and light and to do it all with such simple shorthand means... ” There is much truth in Henri’s words. Drawing is first and foremost about awareness – letting your hand draw what you see, what you think and what you feel. I found sketching the landscape in monochrome with pens and charcoal helped sort out vital priorities such as tonal values and composition.