As an attempt to motivate my sister (and myself) to start producing more artwork (and by more I mean more than none), I decreed that we must have Art Night every week. Art Night will consist of us choosing an art project and working on it for a few hours together. When we are done we will assign each other homework that we must complete before the next Art Night. So, for our first project I decided that we would draw pencil portraits of each other. To the left is my version of E, and, while its not perfect, I think it does capture something recognizable about her, even if she does sort of look like Pocahontas.
On the right is her version of me. Naturally my sister has a much more stylized, almost comic, technique, which I like. My drawing and painting tends to be realistic to a fault, and I'm always afraid I'm going to end up one of those people painting with a magnifier and a one-haired brush to get every last bit of detail. However, E has a nice way of softening and generalizing details, creating a more idealistic and cute picture. Our homework for next Art Night is to each draw another picture of each other, based on photographs, and next we will try self-portraits.