I DID IT!
This was surely the hardest drawing for me in the year's challenge so far. I decided to stick with it and have repeatedly shown up to the paper battling it since Tuesday, so five sittings in all.
I am glad I stuck with it, now ready to move on. The bust of this veiled lady was made by the Italian sculptor Raffaelle Monti, 1818 - 1881, and no
w resides in Chatsworth House in England. I saw it quite some time ago in the challenge and knew I would draw it one day - and I also knew it would take me quiet a while. Getting that expression under the veil with such small shapes to work with was not so easy. I really did almost give up.
I am left humbled by sculptors/sculptures like this. How on earth did they carve a veil in marble when I struggle to do it in pastel???? I remember on my first visit to Rome a few years ago being more blown away by the sculpture, particularly Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1598-1680, Naples, than anything else. His sculptures were nothing short of miraculous. Pure genius. Just look at his work, which I post here.