This is a portrait of Caleb’s younger sister, Grace. Like Caleb, she shares his piercing blue eyes, but it is her super long eyelashes that really made this portrait fun to draw. She looks like a young Elizabeth Taylor. Her mother sent me the reference photo this morning after I asked her to send me a picture that showed her eyelashes. A good, close photo is really the best for me to work from. I like to be able to see the patterns in the eyes because then I can render them more accurately and I love to draw eyes. As the old saying goes, “eyes are the windows to the soul” and to me they are the most important part of a portrait.


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