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I really like using graphite pencil to create contrasting light and shadows. I’d treated myself to some new pencils made entirely out of graphite when I decided to draw this and my hands were black afterwards. But then I never really feel like I’m creating unless I get a bit dirty in the process.

This picture seems to denote a certain vulnerability and anguish – the way the subject has her hands wrapped around her so tightly. And yet there is obvious strength too, which gives it a sense of defiance.

If you wish to buy the original artwork or prints, please contact me.

Original artwork is available at £65 and measures just under 21cm x 29.7cm

For print costs, please see the Pricing page