When my first daughter was just becoming interested in learning to color, I would sit with her each day and draw. I would draw things like her stuffed animals, house and most of all, I loved to draw her. I would often stare at her, mesmerized that she was created inside of me; this perfect, innocent little being full of life and wonder. I memorized her features, each nuance of her face, and I loved to express it in drawings of her with her stuffed dolls. I had posted something a while ago here.
With my second, I find less time to sit with my daughters to draw and pass the time. While I have spent no less time gazing at my youngest and memorizing her every feature, I fear I have not been as up to the task of drawing with her and for her. I wanted to try my hand at and see if I could represent her the way I had her eldest sister, so I decided I would draw a portrait of her. I thought it would be a good little exercise to get me back into this habit.
I admit I cheated a little by taking a photo of her while she was napping. My eldest has always had a great propensity for solo activities such as reading, drawing, or playing make- believe. My youngest, on the other hand, doesn’t have the capacity to sit still longer than one minute.
I used regular drawing paper and a princess pencil I took from my daughter’s art bin. Here is the result: