I finished this ages ago, it seems. I didn’t get around to posting it because I had such difficulty getting a good quality digital copy of it. That is why there’s been such a lengthy delay between drawings.
On to the drawing now - Elizabeth needs no introduction. I loved this reference. I wasn’t mad about having to draw the flower and I initially thought it was an eyesore. Liz is already gorgeous and we all know she doesn’t need a huge flower beside her face to help her out. But I’m glad I sucked it up and stuck to the reference. I think the obvious point is that she outshines the flower and makes it look superfluous. I may draw Ms. Taylor again sometime – it goes without saying that she’s an enjoyable subject. Although her eyes are usually her most celebrated feature, I found her subtle smile to be her most intriguing.
I tried a few new things on this that I had just briefly experimented with on my last drawing, specifically on the skin. My usual shading technique wasn’t giving the effect I wanted, so I decided it was time to try a slightly different approach. I also used hints of 5B pencil for the first time (the hair is predominantly 5B – very new to me – so go easy on it). It was a real learning experience. I hope my experimentation didn’t hinder the picture, as sometimes I really felt that I didn’t know what I was doing. Still, I enjoyed this so much that I’m satisfied with the experience either way.
0.7 mm mechanical pencil, 5B pencil, and a white vinyl eraser on 19” X 24” bristol paper (the last picture was also 19” X 24”. I didn’t realize until a short while ago that I was off one inch).
Q-tips and Kleenex were used in parts.
The reference is from the very handy Doctormacro.com.
I'd say it took a little over 30 hours.