Demonstration : Beth

STAGE 1: This viewpoint is an interesting one to try but can be tricky. The nose is more in profile and so easy to define, whereas the eyes have changed in relation to one another. I compared the height and length of one eye to the other and tried not to use any sharp contrasts until I was sure they were in the right place.

Surrounding information can be helpful here: I worked out how many of her right eyes would fit before I reached the back of head. I found if I were to continue the line describing the angle of her right shoulder it would bisect her right eye and then go on to meet the point where the horizontal background line meets her fringe.

STAGE 2: As hand-to-eye co-ordination improves you become more intuitive in the way you paint. It's always handy to have horizontals and verticals in the background that you can measure things against. For example, how much does the side of her face veer off the vertical.

FINISHED PAINTING: Beth, watercolour 16X13in (40.5X33cm)

I was seated when I painted Beth's portrait and I think you can tell that I wasn't moving about much as the portrait doesn't seem as lively as the others. However, it has a stillness and a poise that I think represents her well.