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My First Pencil Portrait

A little while ago, I wrote about how I was practising drawing different facial features in a bid to be able to put them all together and create a portrait that didn't have any cubist elements to it.  You can read about my attempts here.

After managing to master the intricacies of drawing lips, eyes, a nose and ears, I took the plunge and drew a portrait.  This was actually in the spring of last year, but, for anyone who's been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that the proverbial c**p hit the fan in May last year, with a multitude of things happening throughout the summer that meant that my blog had to take a back seat, while I navigated the series of "Unfortunate Events" Lemony Snickett style. You can read about that here.

So, in a bid to "catch you up" with what I drew last year, here are the pencil studies of the facial features...

And here is my first pencil portrait.  Her name is Abigail.

I drew Abigail with the help of a library book all about how to draw portraits.  She took several days. Due to energy being a very precious commodity for me, I had to work on her in short bursts, and take "energy breaks" to sleep and rest up, (my energy doesn't last too long when concentrating or sitting in one position! Boo!)  But, I'm learning to listen to my body and be gentle with myself and I have very happy memories of being completely surprised as she started to appear on the page.

I still can't believe I drew her!

How are you doing with your creative adventures?

Sending much love through the internet ether.


  1. Sending much love back to you through the internet ether! x

  2. I've been going to a life drawing class for a few months (stopped in December and resumes at the end of this month), which has been very challenging. Every time, I look at the model and start thinking about how I would photograph him or her, and then look at the pencil in my hand and wonder how I'm supposed to translate what I see on to a piece of paper. Bit by bit I think I'm improving. But the same is true with all creative endeavours - as some famous photographer once said, "your first 10,000 photos are your worst".
    Delighted to see you continually stretching yourself :)

    1. Your class sounds fantastic. Any chance of you sharing your work on your blog? I'd love to see it, and your drawing style. I'm enjoying this creative journey very much Kim. :0)

  3. Hey Emma,

    Happy (belated) New Year! I'm behind on my blog reading due to a hectic December, but it's been so lovely catching up on your news and seeing your beautiful art again. I love the glittery treats you've been sharing, and your Abigal is so cute, such chubby cheeks!

    Wishing you love laughter and peace in 2014,

    Cate, x

    1. Hey Cate, it's great to hear from you! I hope all is great with you and that 2014 is treating you kindly. I loved Abigail's chubby cheeks too! Sending love and smiles your way. Em xxx


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