Drawn with pastel pencil (Stabilo CarbOthello 1400/645) on mid-tone paper (Strathmore Toned Tan). Focus is on dark tonal masses with a hint of where the highlights might be
Strengthening of darks and highlights, adding depth. Introduce a mauve into face and shirt
Image is softened by blending adjacent tones and colours, using off-white pastels (various). The aeroplane is added but is a distraction to be removed later.
Hiding the plane is unsuccessful. The drawing is fast becoming a disaster. As well, the background on the right edge is an abandoned attempt to draw a sea with a tropical sky.
Portrait saved. Almost signed off.
A major mistake? Wiped out previous background with a blue-purple pastel. The intention is to complement the facial colouring and pick up some of the colours in the shirt. As my framer later said: “Not many painters would ever use it as a background.” A brave decision Minister.
This is the same drawing under daylight. Pastels change dramatically under different lighting
A little purple is added to the background, breaking up the flatness of the blue. The Hudson airplane remains in the background, as Eric would like that (he did). The drawing is complete.