Graphite pencil drawing of a young girl on A4 Winsor & Newton Extra Smooth Surface Bristol Board.
Equipment: Various pencils from 5H to 8B, (Faber Castell, Mars Lumograph and some simply named 'Masters'); Blending by a small paper stump and paper tissues; Erasing / lifting off graphite by kneadable eraser and a sharpened electric eraser. A knitting needle was used to make lines in the paper to help with the negative space drawing of the hair at the top right of the picture.
Time taken - I really have no idea as it was done in many, often very short, sessions over a period of a week.
I extend my sincere thanks to Tracie76Stock
for making the delightful photograph Eyes of Blue
that I used as a reference for this drawing available for use as free stock.
Edit 2017: th reference photo that I used has been removed as free stock by the owner due to misuse of her stock, but the photo can still be seen on her Flickr account Portrait
, but now with All Rights Reserved.
I chose to make this drawing not only because the reference photo is so lovely (hence its great popularity as a drawing reference) but also because I knew that the hair on the right of the picture would be a significant challenge.
Edited 5 October 2014: Photo replaced by one having better definition. This one shows my, not too successful, attempt at the fine downy hair on her forehead. The previous photo was too blurred to show this.
I have made more drawings of girl children