Hand Drawn Portraits by Sophie Patel
I grew up in West London but in 2018 relocated to Bedfordshire with my husband and two children Alyssa and Ethan.
From as far back as I can remember I wanted to become a veterinarian and all my decisions and goals were oriented towards that so whilst drawing had always been a part of my life and provided a much needed escape from every day life, it wasnt until 2016 that I decided I wanted to make this passion my career. Drawing animals was a very natural progression for me and whilst I have dabbled with people portraits animals are definitely where my heart lies.
Iam naturally drawn to realism and have always strived to create things that look like they are supposed to and as a little bit of a (self critical) perfectionist I have worked on and honed my skills over the years and will continue to do so - every day is a school day! I started out with graphite and when I wanted to add colour, colour pencils seemed a natural progression. They allow me to retain the control and precision I love and add rich tones and depth and thanks to some wonderful artists grade lightfast pencils my artwork will also stand the test of time.
Drawing fills me with a deep sense of satisfaction, the ability to create something beautiful with relatively simple tools is endlessly inspiring.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life"
Creating beautiful one of a kind portrait art with great attention to detail and a focus on capturing the spirit of the subject