I finally finished this portrait on Sunday, I’m still not great at this drawing thing but I really am working on it. I actually really like the way the shading looks on it, I even took the picture from different angles to see what the shading actually looks like.
I actually had this fear of shading too dark (the paper was a really rough type of cartridge paper but I don’t remember what weight) especially when using charcoal because I thought that it would somehow ruin the picture and I would not be able to correct it but I have learnt that pencil and charcoal are very forgiving media.
This portrait took me forever to finish because I had this fear of drawing something and it not being ‘quality’ work. I especially did not feel confident drawing a baby because I did not have much experience with it so I had to stare at a lot of baby pictures for a while (not even complaining) in order to start sketching out the most common baby features. I never would have imagined that such a simple task would have taken me that long.
If I had the confidence from the start, I definitely would have finished it in at least a week. Building my confidence is what I aim to work on a lot this year. So I will try to draw more portraits whenever I can so that I can get better at it.
Any tips on where to start building confidence?
What do you think I could have done a lot better on in the baby portrait?