Today’s portrait of Christiane is the last portrait in my A4 Moleskine sketchbook. For some reason the paper, which has been fine throughout the book, reacted weirdly to my markers on this page, pilling and tearing around the nose and being generally difficult. I’m so glad this only happened on that back page!

I’ve shared a flip through of the whole book on my YouTube channel – you can watch it here.

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I love drawing things. These days I am rarely found without a pen, pencil or stylus in my hands. In my working life I spend a lot of time in meetings and classrooms, reading papers and strategies, so my home life provides a creative antidote to all that! I also have chronic pain, lots of it. I have scoliosis, fibromyalgia and CRPS, so my life is a balancing act, trying to balance work, which make me feel part of the real world, with pain, which is ever present, and art, which soothes my pain.

3 thoughts on “Christiane”

  1. I’m enjoying all these portraits. Uh, her pupils are kinda’ freaky, so small, and not in the center of the iris. I like it, but it’s a little spooky in that regard, kinda like the way a preying mantis’s has that dot in its eye that is not really a pupil, technically speaking. Most sane people won’t make that connection though, and it’s a wonderful painting.

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    1. Lol! Thank you. I try to stay true to the source material rather than altering the pupils to make the subject look more “normal” or more beautiful. I know some artists and certainly many teachers or portraiture suggest that you enlarge pupils so that the eyes look normal and/or beautiful but I quite deliberately don’t do that. Having said that, I always try to make the eyes the focus of my portrait and inevitably enlarge the whole eye – that’s just part of my drawing style. For a while I tried very hard to get the size absolutely right but then my whole portrait looked wrong, and eventually I accepted this as part of my style. I’m not a hyperrealistic artist and it’s not goal to be one.
      Thank you so much for stopping by to have a look at my portraits and for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

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