Portraits on Black

I didn’t intend for this to be a series, but after the third, I wanted to see how long I could keep it going. Sticking to the simple format of limited colour on a black background made it much easier to make decisions for each drawing. The later drawings were much more of a struggle and I still look at some of them with pain! The first is still the best, I think, because it was the most spontaneous and dynamic.

Eloise, a girl with dyed green and blue hair, and several piercings. She looks excited.

Portrait 1


Here’s a mini-project I’ve been working on. One per day until I run out.


Portrait 5


One of my favourites of this set.

Portrait 9


I posted a different version on social media because I wasn’t happy with how it came out, but in the end, I prefer the original.

Portrait 10


At this point, I was starting to lose confidence in what I was doing and did more editing on the computer. Here I changed her smile from a wide grin and added lines in the hair. This time, I prefer …


Portrait 12


Another one I struggled with, but by now I was in the “just ship it” mindset. Still don’t like the lips.