I watch it because I’m totally in love with Brenda Blethyn. She’s so amazing. But as I’ve already discussed on my blog, I don’t sketch women much. My style ages them.
But when I’ve been watching “Vera” I have tried, since his first appearance in 2015, to sketch “DS Aiden Healy” Vera’s assistant, played by Kenny Doughty.
The problem with Doughty is that his features are too symmetrical. The proportions are too even. That’s really a task for me to do justice to on paper. I like a character actor any day.
But after all the episodes of trying, the other day, just as I was finishing a handmade sketchbook with the Old Gutenberg paper for pages, I did this sketch of “Aiden” and it actually is starting to look like Doughty! Maybe it was doable because he’s got the scruffy beard going on these days?
Of course I’ve really aged him. But I figure in about 10 years he’ll look exactly like this.
It’s great fun to keep at something. It’s how we get to the perfect crumb in a loaf of bread, or the perfect brownie, or a tautly bound easily opened book, or a likeness.
We keep at it and eventually it happens. And all the while, if we remember to breathe, we enjoy each step of the journey, and the fun and learning, awareness and joy, it brings us.
And enjoy your process.