I had been wanting to do something like this for years but only recently was I able to have the opportunity to do so. I think that the idea came about many years ago after seeing Raymond Ching's amazing drawings of Vanessa Thompson in his book 'The Art Of Raymond Ching'. There are two pages of drawings of Vanessa in the book and also a large watercolor - the drawings especially are stunning!
So starting with a relatively large sheet of drawing paper, I roughed out the basic shape then started work on her braids. I tried to keep from going too dark as I wanted to have the choice to darken areas as needed later on. I was hoping this would lead to a better balanced work and would keep the drawing from being too much like a black and white photograph.
I am an artist living and working near Washington DC in the USA. I was born in the UK but have lived abroad most of my life. I paint mostly landscapes and birds but have many interests so you never know what will turn up. Most of the paintings shown here are for sale so please contact me at jeremypearse (at) gmail.com if interested. Thanks for visiting!