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Fig's reference photograph had great lighting, and she has the sweetest expression. I couldn't wait to get started on those gorgeous never-ending ears full of shades of red and blue.

After a loose sketch, I usually start a portrait by building up layers of pastel and blocking in different areas, but for Fig's portrait I got too obsessed with her ears so instead worked slowly across the paper from left to right.

Fig's portrait was drawn with Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils and Unison soft pastel on Dalek Rowney Ingres pastel paper and measures 12" x 10" or 30 x 25cm.

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