This is Alyona from the Museum by Sktchy app. For once I fell like I did a good job with the mouth here – hooray – and I caught the sense of her eyes but, as always they are way too big and I definitely have a bit of the second eye problem.

“What is that?” you’re asking if you don’t draw (definitely not I f you’ve ever draw a portrait because you wil have countered it). It’s the difficulties many (all?) artists face when they try to draw the second eye to. Getting it to match the first eye in size, shape, positioning, colour, everything really, often feels like an impossible task and even when you think you’ve got it right you finish a portrait and realise it’s wrong.

I always draw the right eye first. You can see here that the second eye looks smaller, less rounded and just wrong. I thought it was OK when I was working but now it just doesn’t look right. That’s the second eye problem. Since this is a digital portrait it would be easy for me to go back and correct it but I’d rather leave it as it is as a reminder to myself of the problem, and the importance of keeping stepping back, looking and checking as I work.

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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.

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