If I can’t see it, I can’t draw it. But sometimes I try anyway, because I want to help the customer.
Besides, “If I can’t see it, I can’t draw it”, my other set-in-stone rule is, “No face smaller than an egg”. I learned this from a very accomplished colored pencil portrait artist, Ann Kulberg. She wasn’t speaking of a hummingbird egg, and I find that even a normal chicken egg size is a challenge.
Think about this: in the size of an egg, the width of one pencil point off in shading someone’s eye can make her look like her cousin. There is no forgiveness. None.
So, what did I do when a customer brought me this photograph and asked for a pencil drawing of it, minus 2 of the people?
Be merciful to me, a shameless hypocrite.
Stay tuned. . .