Book of Portraits, Part 46: Actors and Actresses

Its been ages since I’ve posted any work from my continuous portrait sketchbook and I’ve actually been working on these drawings since August, but have only recently finished them since I have been too busy with other things. I have managed to fill over half of my current portrait sketchbook in the mean time though.

I do like to work in my portrait book as regularly as possible but haven’t been able to find the time for it over the past few months, I have however drawn some other portraits in time for a certain anniversary this month which I will post on that day.

I have drawn these actors and actress quite a few times before, mainly for projects during my time at university which you can see here, here and here. I thought it would be great fun to see how much my drawing has developed by drawing the same people that I have previously drawn, and I thought it was a fitting subject for reaching the half way point of my sketchbook.

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 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 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.