Starting a portrait

Today I started roughing out a portrait of from a drawing of John, using a sketch and a photograph as a guide. It takes longer than it looks to create the forms! This might take all week! It was a good day to start it as Katherine used my drawing for the mornings talk, how to plan an engraving. Planning might make it a little paint by numbers, but it sure takes away the pain of learning if you have a procedure to follow. Then you just have to contend with your own proficiency (or lack thereof!) at the  lathe.