Charcoal portrait of my daughter Leah willow and derwent tinted charcoal

Today was another wet and horrid day, thunder in the early morning with heavy down pours, I got soaked sorting the ponies. I got home pretty quick for a Sunday as I couldn’t ride, so I decided to paint, I wanted to get the oils out, but I have been feeling a little un motivated on the art front. I think just over tired from doing so much during my two weeks off, and wishing I could keep to that standard and pace, but realising having time to paint is important, and the limited time while working means I have rushed the last few pictures, and I think it shows. So today I got the charcoal and derwent tinted charcoal out, it’s less to clear away. My subject…..Leah my daughter ( she doesn’t know, and when she sees it I am sure she will not be happy, teenagers)! The finished picture has the dark background, but I have included the picture before I added it, I am not sure the dark background was a good idea, but as I drew on a yellow sheet of pastel paper, and I only had limited derwent pencil colours, I felt her skin tone was wrong, I thought changing the background would help with my limited palette of colours, and make her skin tone a little better…..not sure now. I also over worked the mouth, so just quit and pencils down before I wrecked it further. All in all I am fairly happy, it was done in one hour ish, but it is good practice for my people skills, and the faces I avoid.

Leah, my daughter charcoal portrait, no background

Leah, my daughter charcoal portrait, no background

Leah my daughter charcoal portrait

Leah my daughter charcoal portrait


About REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate

My name is Rebecca Evans, living in the New Forest I have been inspired to paint the many animals often seen around me. Having ridden since Childhood, painting equines was a natural path to follow. I use a variety of media, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel,inks, plus a few more, infact I will try most things. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the mood from within me which determines which medium I choose to use. I never know what might inspire me next, but if it’s hairy, I will be sure to try.
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8 Responses to Charcoal portrait of my daughter Leah willow and derwent tinted charcoal

  1. They’re both very interesting. Your daughter must have amazing hair in real life because it looks so gorgeous here too. Stunning lady.

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  2. Thank you, she does have wonderful hair……not from my side as I am curly!


  3. Your daughter is beautiful. Don’t be too hard in yourself. You know and see things the viewer does not see. I am in awe of your portrait skills

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  4. Thank you Carmel, this is true, I recall saying the same thing to other artists….. The viewer sees it as it is, not the plans in your head, thank you for reminding me.


  5. memadtwo says:

    I like the dark ground, it makes the face glow. I also like the hint of the smile in her expression. (K.)

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  6. This is a wonderful portrait. Excellent job!

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