Nearly Naptime


Nearly Naptime

Nearly Naptime

This sketch is based on one of the many photos I took of family members during our Mazatlan trip. Painting from a photo is a less intuitive process for me than drawing from real life, perhaps because thinking about a photo is so different from actually being in a place and interacting with people. In any case, this sketch took four attempts and two days before I came close to capturing what I liked about the snapshot- the contrast of my nephew’s large arms with his daughter’s small arms, the twist of her body, her dangling leg, their sleepy look and cozy relationship.

This is a pastel and gouache sketch on black Bristol paper.


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7 Responses to Nearly Naptime

  1. I really like how many different textures were used to make this — it’s very interesting to let the eye get lost in one, only to have the image pop back out after a few seconds 🙂

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  2. jofox2108 says:

    This picture seems to have a lot of human warmth in it – lovely work!


  3. Beverly Barrett says:

    This is a great pose. Every parent should have this pose with their child.

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cait says:

    Of course, this is one of my favorites! Love the colors!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Of course, Grandma!


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