Pastel on ingres Paper
The model for this drawing is my niece, Rachel. She posed for me in her home. At the time she was wearing a linen scarf and we spent time re-arranging this in different ways. I loved the softness and femininity of the fabric against the delicate skin tones, and the idea of concealing her hair and part of her features appealed to me. In terms of inspiration, there is a subtle nod to the work of Botticelli, whose graceful, feminine women have been an on-going inspiration.
I used a combination of soft pastels and pastel pencils for this drawing. I love the intense colour and velvety texture that can be created with soft pastels and the fact that this type of drawing has many of the characteristics of a finished painting. I began this piece by carefully plotting the head to ensure accurate drawing and a well-balanced composition, before layering the colour. I used my fingers and a brush to blend and soften the marks to render the skin texture. Pastel pencils were used to pick out the finer details. The folds and creases of the scarf is also a significant feature. This area is much more losely drawn, to compliment the model's delicate skin tones.
Location: Duault, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany