1. Clever or cunning, especially in the practice of deceit.
2. Stealthy or surreptitious: took a sly look at the letter on the table.
3. Playfully mischievous: a sly laugh.
I started this drawing as a study for a watercolor portrait. A couple of things were new for me here, I’ve never done three quarter view, and I’ve never drawn hair before. So there was plenty to study. But the light was so interesting with its intriguing angle and dramatic shadows, the expression so striking that I got wonderfully sucked into “the zone”, and before long it was a finished graphite portrait on its own.
Too bad about my paper. I chose to draw on Stonehenge with the thought that this would be only a study. This paper is a bit too rough for a young skin like that and shows too much tooth. Bristol Smooth paper would’ve been much better.
6″ x 6″ (15 x 15 cm), graphite on Stonehenge.