First drawing du jour with tea, I allow myself whatever liberties I need to get moving. The favorite pen helps motivate me. This one is after an Ingres portrait, one I found in Walter Pach’s biography of Ingres. It began with that eye whose gaze is so penetrating, the effect of which I only partly achieved, which in Ingres completely knocks you over.
But it’s a first drawing of the morning so I allow myself whatever necessary allowances ….