I fell in love with the picture of this little girl because of the expression on her face, the way the light struck her, and most of all the challenge of her curls. I took a long time with this little girl mostly because I have an admitted fear of hair. Because of my essential tremor it is a challenge, I mean a BIG challenge, to do any kind of hair much less the beautiful, sweaty curls on this little girl.
Did I tell you that her expression was a challenge too? See, I started “In The Light” just after I had completed “Laura” and figured I was ready to take on a project out of a classroom environment. I enlarged the original photograph to fit on an 18” x 24” sheet of paper then I placed the sheet of paper on a glass top dining table with a light underneath and began to trace the photo. This was a large undertaking because all the lines began to look like a large zipper due to my essential tremor. After I could not stand the zigzag of the lines anymore I removed the light source, placed the enlarged photo next to my drawing and proceed to make short freehand lines until I got the drawing to a satisfactory stage so I could begin work on her face.
I completed the background and face about six months ago then recently I decided it was time to push my limits and move forward to finish the project. So I am sharing the finished drawing hoping all will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working on it.
I would like to thank Betty Steed Knight for permission of the reference photo.
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