On the weekend I bought the magazine "International Artist", what a fantastic magazine and so full of inspiration! I was particularly inspired by the charcoal portraits of Ellen Milinch. It got me thinking that this is something I would really love to do too. Children and babies are of particular interest to me. So I decided to give it a go myself, I drew a charcoal portrait of my eldest son Thomas when he was 2 years old and this is the result (click on the picture to see a larger version). I think the paper I chose let me down a bit (just ordinary cartridge paper), so next time I will be using proper charcoal paper and try and render a bit more smoothly. Otherwise I'm quite happy with it and I think I have captured his essence and expression. I would actually love to attempt to paint this picture. I have a canvas that would be the perfect size. Acrylics or Oils? I have no idea. I only have a tiny bit of experience with acrylic and have never used oil paints before.