I need your help…
Last November I drew a portrait of a lovely young woman, from Ireland… she was going through a difficult time when her friend Matthew asked me to draw a portrait of her for her birthday.
I loved every pencil stroke that went into my finished piece; I rediscovered a passion I had long forgotten.
As the months have passed and my drawing continues I am looking for another subject.
Well… that’s not quite right - I have a subject in mind, but lack a photo that “speaks” to me.
I wish to draw a portrait of The Queen of England, Elizabeth ll.
Now, there are millions upon millions of pictures of this famous face - all with crowns, jewels and all the pomp and pageantry that accompanies being royal.
What I want to draw is The Queen in casual mode; the photo taken when she is not on duty, not on display; where she is The Woman behind her Queen persona; out having fun with family and friends.
Alas, these photos are hard to come by - hence I am in quite a quandary.
Yes, I have googled “queen elizabeth ll casual” and found this photo…
I like it, but I would love to see more of The Queen’s face.
Further, this photo is very small, only 82 KB, so I am unable to enlarge it beyond the size here which makes getting details very hard; not that I can’t improvise - I did with the photo of the young woman which was very soft in details.
I am bold enough to phone Buckingham Palace and ask what I should do in a case like this. I may very well be calling as this post gets published to see if they might oblige me with such a photo. (if I don't ask I'll never know)
However, it never hurts to ask YOU, my dear readers, if you might have in your possession a photo of The Woman behind The Queen… without crown, without diamonds and without duty dictating her expression.
I would like it to be a recent photo, taken within the last few years.
If such a photo exists, and you are willing to share it, I would love to see it.
Do you have such a photo, or know of anyone that does?