Valentine’s Day 2019 – portrait progression photos

For Valentine’s Day this year, 14th February 2019, I decided to draw an A2 size portrait of myself and my lovely boyfriend, Howard. Please see below a collection of photographs illustrating the progression of my drawing, from start to finish. I do hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Drawing Howard:

I started off my portrait by firstly drawing my boyfriend, Howard. I worked from a photograph of us both when we went for a meal in Yates, Doncaster. I traced the outline, shushhhh, lol – however, many hours were spent on the shading, trying to achieve a good likeness. As shown above, I also drew a rectangular line around the drawing to match the size of the frame I had purchased, in doing so, eventually losing a small portion of the sketch (my own fault for not checking sizes sooner, silly). Overall, I was pleased with how Howard turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

Drawing Myself:

The second subject I drew was myself. Because I have done quite a few self-portraits over the years, it did not take me as long to draw myself. Saying that however, I wish I had spent just a little bit more time on the fine details as I feel the drawing of myself looks more cartoonish, and less realistic than I was hoping to achieve. I definitely think the portrait of Howard is a better, more detailed sketch, nevertheless I was still quite happy overall with the final piece ๐Ÿ™‚ I then started drawing vertical lines with a ruler, in preparation for the portrait background.


I decided to do a colourful rainbow background as I believed this would make the grey pencil portraits distinct from the background, and both would ‘pop’ as a result. I drew vertical lines with a ruler, and coloured each strip with a different colour bright colour pencil. I also used a black fineliner pen to distinguish the colours, and the sketch, again for a ‘pop’ effect ๐Ÿ™‚

The finished portrait:

And here is the final framed product! It took me about a fortnight in total, a few hour blocks every day or every other day. Even though it is not the best drawing in the world, as I admit I am only an amateur artist, I think it has turned out rather well ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you agree?? Something this scale on A2 paper is pretty time-consuming, so I am very glad it was well appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚ …


Above is the portrait gift wrapped up ready to be opened Valentine’s Day…

And this is Howard opening his portrait present on Valentine’s Day…


It was definitely worth it for seeing such a happy, smiling boyfriend, hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Thank you so much for reading / viewing!

Keep a look out for more UnicornPostbox art blog posts coming soon!

Peace and love, Lauren xx


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ยฉ 2019 Lauren Parr /ย

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