Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Baby portraits

Kiora
graphite, Canson paper 11 x 14
copyright Jeanette Jobson

I've had this start of a portrait of Kiora, my grand daughter, on my drawing board for a couple of months. So last night and tonight I decided it was time to see if I can make a go of it.

Ninety percent of my portraits are done freehand, with the other 10% being gridded if they are complex or commissions where I know an exact likeness is very important. This was freehand and I'm not 100% sure about the eyes just yet. Kiora had just woken up from a nap in the car seat and was staring balefully at the photographer with a serious look.

I still need more practice on drawing babies and she's a good way to get this in. It also forms a lasting memory of passing time in her life. This portrait commemorates her first birthday which was in January.

5 comments:

Robin Neudorfer said...

I remember when you were waiting news of this little munchkin. She is growing so quickly. You better get to practicing that graphite my friend, as you need to capture every milestone. Looks like this is coming along beautifully.

Jan said...

Boy! I'm with Robin - it seems only yesterday that we were awaiting the news of the birth!

This is looking good. You're an ace with portraits so I know it will end up perfect!

Laurel Neustadter said...

She is so cute!

Carol Carter said...

your drawings are so sensitive and expressive. you capture a lot.. with just a few strokes. how marvelous ...

very good with this portrait... full of meaning and life.
carol

Jeanette said...

Yes Robin, babies do grow very quickly. I am still amazed that a year has passed since she was born.

Thanks Jan, I hope I can do it justice.

I'm biased Laurel, but I think she's fabulous. :)

Thank you Carol, I love seeing a face appear out of an expanse of white.