Portrait of “von Mypen”

I hadn’t done a portrait from Sktchy in ages! Time to remedy that!

I have a dedicated little pocket sketchbook for Sktchy portraits – a Stillman and Birn Zeta Series (softcover, landscape, 5.5×3.5″). It’s the most wonderful paper for watercolour and I also find it’s very resistant to smudging pencil lines when closed. I’ve used all kinds of pencils over the years but I am now so deeply committed to the Palomino Blackwing Soft (the black one) that I bought a whole box of them recently! They are just the most fantastic pencils for drawing, and very well-behaved with watercolour.

Anyway, what you see here is the initial drawing and the first few passes of watercolour. I was going to take this through several more watercolour layers, but something about the freshness of this simple impression really spoke to me, and I decided to leave it alone. As any artist knows, knowing when to stop is a tricky thing to judge, quite often only discovered in past tense (“ugh, I should have stopped an hour ago”)!

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