Sometimes I find, and I hope I’m not the only one, that I start something in haste, perhaps for a bit of light relief, that takes a life of its own. I then find all the contradictions I have introduced at the very start to magnify until the whole thing gets totally out of control. This drawing is a case in point. It was meant to be a very rough and ready ketch of Natalie Portman, just a little doodle really and I didn’t bother to pay too much attention to such things as proportions and scale. Then it started to get interesting and I tried to correct the problems I had introduced at the start and things just got worse and worse until you are left with?
So what is the answer? Well I think it is a very compelling face. A woman who appears very much in control of her own life. A woman knows what it means to be a woman and rather likes it or is that just me projecting – probably.
Just to show you what this drawing was supposed to turn out here is its companion piece – very cartoony and loose.