Book of Portraits, Part 45: Olga

The 17th of July is the date of the murder of the Romanov family, and this year is the 99th anniversary of their death. Here are my recent drawings of Olga, the eldest child of the family.
I have been drawing the Romanov family for quite a few years now, and have even done projects based around them. As next year will be the 100th anniversary of their death, I would really love to do something to commemorate that.


Book of Portraits Part 44: Tatiana

Next up in my book of portraits is Tatiana, the second child of Nicholas II and Alexandra.
The second two images are drawings based on arguably some of the most famous photos of Tatiana, at least in terms of her look, the short hair with headband, which I think makes her instantly recognisable.
The first image is from a later time in her life, but I’m not sure of the exact date. I do know that at some point when they reached a certain age, the Romanov daughters would begin wearing their hair up, making them look more grown up, rather than down and held back with a bow. My guess is that the original photo was from 19-16 or 1917, but if anyone knows please let me know!

Book of Portraits, Part 43: Maria

So after drawing a few portraits of Anastasia, I thought I may as well draw some other members of the Romanov family, starting with Maria.

I’ve found drawing Maria quite difficult, more so than the other members of the family I would say. I don’t know what it is about her but I feel like I struggle to capture her likeness more than anyone else. But I suppose that can only be improved with more drawing.

Book of Portraits, Part 42: Anastasia

I hadn’t realised that I haven’t worked in my portrait sketchbook since February! I have loads of images save that I want to draw but for some reason I just haven’t gotten round to drawing them.
So this week I decided to get on with working in the book again and to continue working in it as much as possible, hopefully at least once a day. Drawing these kinds of portraits really helps to improve my drawing skill and doing it daily could be a great help.

I chose to once again draw Grand Duchess Anastasia because my interest in the Romanov family is still very much alive and only the other day I watched a documentary on Royal history which covered the Romanov execution and the Anastasia imposter mystery which followed for decades later.
I would at some point like to do a project based upon this, maybe a picture book? But for now I will continue to draw in my portrait sketchbook while I pursue other projects.

Book of Portraits, Part 41: Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger

I haven’t been able to draw as many portraits as I used to lately due to me being busy with other projects and work, however I always come across photos of people I would like to draw and save them for when I am able to draw them. This time, I have been drawing Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Younger after seeing photos of her on instagram. I really wanted to draw the photos because of the hats she word and the amazing shapes they create in the images, as well as the classical sort of portraiture pose which as always handy to draw as this help me with poses and compositions myself.

Book of Portraits Part 40: Victorian Mourners

I haven’t worked in this sketchbook since August, something which I didn’t realise, mainly because I’ve been busy with other things, but this week I decided to get back into drawing some portraits. I came across images of Victorian women in mourning online and thought they looked very interesting due to their ominous, long veils which they wear and thought they would be a great image to draw and to help me get back into this kind of drawing.

Book of Portraits Part 39: Alexandra Feodorovna

Just a few portraits of Alexandra Feodorovna this time around, mainly using pencil and ink but there is one blue pencil portrait as well. Some of these were quite difficult to draw and I still don’t think i managed to captured her likeness that well in some of them, no matter how many times I erased the image and started again. However, I am happy with the final result and the improvement of my drawing. Though I would like to practice more detailed drawing with blue pencil as I like the effect of it but find it more difficult to work with than an ordinary pencil.

Book of Portraits Part 37: OTMA

My latest addition to my current book of portraits focuses on the four daughters of Nicholas II, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia (OTMA). The first image is a drawing of Anastasia which i came across recently and wanted to draw ever since I saw it and it is my favourite of this batch.

The second two images are of Olga and Tatiana, while the third is of Maria. I didn’t manage to get as much detail into the faces of Olga and Tatiana as I was working in an A5 sketchbook I can fit much more in, especially as there are full body drawings, unlike the portrait of Maria, which only features her head and shoulders.