12/52 and 13/52 – A Portrait a Week

Well I’m late!  Since I missed last week, here are two pencil sketch portraits I finished of my grandmother, Eris.

These are based on color slide photographs of her when she was about 18 I think.  As I understand it, a novice photographer spotted her on the street and asked if he could photograph her for his portfolio since she was so lovely.  It’s a wonderful thing to have color photographs of my grandmother at that age.  Of course, pencil sketches don’t do them justice and I plan to do a painting or two of them in the near future.

migah one

migah two


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Jim says:

    Wow, those are truly wonderful – they really capture Eris! You are really good at these pencil sketches!

  2. cherriedale says:

    Absolutely beautiful–yes, yes–a painting of self avowed “parrot in a black and white world”!… because you know Eris is asking…but where’s the color?!

  3. harperleich says:

    Thanks! The sketches were very fun to work on.
    Yes, a painting is overdue. The color slides are so beautiful and he really was a great photographer- lots of subtle light play and beautiful colors.

  4. Jim says:

    Just looked at them again – the hair is really remarkable especially how you capture the light hitting it.

    1. harperleich says:

      She has fun hair to draw! The photographer did a wonderful job capturing the light and colors.

      1. Jim says:

        but translating that to a pencil sketch takes real talent! Beautifully done!

  5. Amelia says:


    1. harperleich says:

      Fancy seeing you here! Thanks!

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