I am continuing to enjoy filling the Russian book with faces. Made up, and observed from photos are about equal. I like both for different reasons. The made up ones because I love how I don't know what they will look like-though all my made up faces do seem to have a straight ahead serious stare-with slight variations of eye position. The observed ones are fun and make me draw faces in different positions-smiling for example! I like how this one turned out. I used gouache and watercolour, and the writing only shows through in a couple of spots which I also like.This lady in glasses is from a photo-I bought a few in Camden market the other weekend. In the photo she is sitting with a man in front of a small tent. They look like a couple enjoying a picnic on a sunny day. She has quite an angular face and it is hard to really make out her features. Maybe that is why she is painted in thin watercolours-indistinct.
I just drew these two with a fine pen, and used a little watercolour to add tone.