Today I met one of my friends who has what I would call classic good looks. Good bone structure, well placed eyes, shapely brows, thick straight hair... I could go on but you know what I mean. While we were out I took her picture because I KNEW she would not mind what you are about to see.
I can not get enough of blind contour drawings. There is something very addicting about trying to capture an image with your hand and not letting your eyes get in the way. I of course had to try and draw her while I looked as well. There is a small resemblance to her actual appearance in the shape of her right eye.
Tonight I tried one more blind contour - this time I started with the glasses on her head instead of with the eyes which is where I usually like to start. I don't know how, but that led to her earring being in her nose instead of in her ear. These things happen.
Lisa - today was fun! I am going to start on your "formal chair portrait" tomorrow. I did a little practice sketch tonight, your body did not look even the tiniest bit stiff or unnatural. After seeing these preliminary sketches, I hope you have not begun to have any misgivings about the large retainer you put down today for the portrait. I think your editor is going to agree that it will be perfect for the book jacket on your upcoming new release!