Portrait: Laura & Xavier

I drew this portrait as a wedding present for my brother-in-law and wife, who kindly flew and hotelled us to their wedding in Montevideo.


This portrait took me quite a few hours. I lost count, but possibly an aggregate of 24?

For these portraits I started using a multi-pencil technique. Start with harder pencils (4H, 2H) to outline the drawing and in general get the proportions and shape right. Then gradually move into softer pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, and occasionally 8B for the blackest blacks) to increase the blackness and contrast, and add detail.

I had the guidance of my teacher Jorge Calderón wihout whose advice this wouldn't have turned out half as good.

Here you can see the whole process. out of that challenge.

A portrait a day

This summer I set myself a challenge to draw one portrait a day.

Here are all the drawings that came out of that challenge.

I hadn't drawn for decades, and had never been into realistic portraits (rather caricature). But I am convinced that perseverance is the key to improvement, so I figured committing to drawing one portrait a day would be a great challenge in that direction.

The plan was not to spend too long on a portrait (I took at most one hour in most cases), and my subjects were almost all of them color pictures from magazines or stills from videos (these are particularly good for more spontaneous postures).

You may recognise that some of my models have been guitarists or the cast from "Six feet under", which my wife and I were watching at the time.

As far as tools go, I used a single HB pencil, because at the time I didn't know of more advanced multi-pencil techniques.


This July (2019) I took advantage of a sabbatical from my day job (software engineering) in order to take a summer course on drawing comics at Escola Joso in Barcelona.

Check out my final project.