Portraiture & Fine Art Oil and Coloured Pencil

David Sandell

Winston Churchill - portrait study in progress

I was only half way through Boris Johnson's book, "The Churchill Factor" when I just had to stop whatever I had on the easel and start a portrait of Winston; books often inspire me in this way. First of all I looked into available reference and decided to compile my own drawing from the various sources, using a pose of him in his 80's then redrawing his features when in his 60's, probably during the war, (Surprisingly he was 65 when he became Prime Minister for the first time to lead the Britain against the Nazis). The portrait uses many sources so it is basically how I see him. Johnson's book is a great read, revealing Churchill with all his faults, more importantly it informs us of what we might have lost without his leadership, you really don't want to think about what might have been. The portrait is still in progress, and the likeness will improve as it takes on a life of its own.