After drawing a car, water and an athlete this was relatively easy in comparison. Even though it is still one of my most complicated drawings, it was not to stressfull and I actually enjoyed drawing it. As drawing anything new for the first time requires alot of trial and error, but after practiseing portraits they have now finally become quite natural for me to do now after being terrible at them for quite a while..
I chose this drawing to do as being of indian 'Sikh' descent, i've been meaning to draw things from my own culture, so I chose an 'indian bride'. This is also my first close up A3 portrait, as I wanted to see how much harder it is to draw faces on a larger scale. As I've found that most of the best 'hyperrealistic' artwork are actually really big and some are pretty huge so this will be a good test for me. And like I thought it is easier to get the details in but just much more time consuming.
And although this is a portrait of an indian bride, the main focus will not be her face but her hands. As when indian girls are getting married they put 'menhdi' (also known as henna') on there hands. This is usually a very beautiful and intricate pattern which stays on temperaoraily for a few weeks. So this will be a first for me as this very complicated pattern will need to be drawn over the skin textures I shade. After drawing the hena pattern, I've got to give a lot of respect to the people who do the 'henna' on the girls as in real life as they are very creative, and it must be extremely difficult with the tools they use.
Drawing was done on A3 bristol board with mechanical and standard graphite pencils. And took about 55-60 hours over 4 days.
Here are some of my other graphite drawings.