This portrait is drawn on cartridge paper using pencil and charcoal with a putty/kneadable rubber to lift off. It measures approx. 16" x 11".
Murdo is my Grandfather aged around 24 years. This drawing is done from a photograph of him taken in India around 1900 when he was serving with the Royal Horse Artillery. He also saw service with this Regiment in France during WW1 and in Russia in 1919 during the Revolution in that country.
I decided to draw my Grandfather because he was a very strong influence in my life and was very dear to me.
Once again the challenge was the photograph, although my mother had the original re-photographed in the 60's this did not repair the large tear which extended from his forehead obliterating his right eye so the challenge was to "guess" how his right eye would look.
I am pleased with the finished portrait but if anyone has any suggestions as to how the right eye could be improved I would be most grateful for their advice.
I don't think I would do anything differently if I had to do this drawing again as I have worked to the best of my ability but perhaps I might try a coloured portrait next time.