I didn’t think much of this piece when I completed it back in June because it was started and finished in two days, but now I rank it as one of my favourite drawings so far. The model’s expression is so beautifully subtle. It appears a simple composition, but there are areas of exquisite detail in the eyes, the ring on her hand, the fingers brushing her neck, the slightly chapped lips, the gentle gradient of her cheekbones as she sucks her cheeks in, the coiffed ringlets, and the bleached brows which I worked on with so so light a hand!
I think to a very casual observer (especially one not used to drawing), this piece looks ‘easy’ and straightforward. But I think it is the finely-tuned details and the light, light pencilwork that this portrait demanded, which has made it one of my favourites.