Natasha 1st Sketch

Getting my feet wet again after such a long time away from the brush by painting my cousin Natasha. she really is a striking beauty and when I saw the picture I just wanted to paint her. My experience with portraits is limited to myself but there was sometihing about the way the light hit her face that just called to me so here I am.

The first sketch is done with Derwent drawing pencils I just love the buttery texture of them. From here I can work out any technical issues like the slight twist to her mouth and the correct proportion to her jaw, etc.
I also decided to sketch first since I haven't decided what paint I will use yet; whether watercolour, oils or pastels so from here I can experiment; play around with each.
It's so good to be painting again.