The Significant Other, sketched… not sure where.
Two female relatives, in a pub overlooking the river Arun:
They were not satisfied with their portrayals; I challenged them to do better, a challenge accepted by another female relative who tried to draw me:
I think she captured the quiet tormented despair in my eyes quite well.
A student. She was, I think, 12 or 13 at the time. This picture is recognisable as her, but she is more beautiful than I’ve drawn her.
I’ve never found it easy to capture people’s likeness. I tried drawing her younger sister and somehow made her look like a grumpy Princess Lea. (Of course trying to draw an 8-year-old who won’t keep still is not a trivial task.)
Said younger sister tried drawing herself:
and to be honest I think she captured her own likeness better than I did.
A portrait of Elberry, drawn in an Italian pub in Vienna.