or this month’s draw we are celebrating the founder of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale. Her experiences as a nurse during the Crimean War in the 1850s as well as her statistical prowess helped transform healthcare practices with her influence still felt today. At the age of 90, she was also the first ever female to receive the Order of Merit for her work. The drawing is based on the statue of Florence Nightingale which stands in Waterloo Place, London and was put up in 1914, 4 years after her death.
Draw a rectangle which is 13.5cm wide by 14cm high. Your drawing will fit inside this grid. Use dashed, light lines as you will want to rub this grid out later.
To help with the drawing of Florence we will split our rectangle into 3 equal, horizontal parts. Each part should be 4.5cm high. See the image for reference.
To draw in Florence’s head, draw in an egg shape in the top third. The head should be just slightly off centre.
Now to draw in the neck and shoulders. The shoulders will sit within your middle third. See the image for reference.
Your right shoulder will be in the top half of your third whilst the left shoulder will be in the bottom half of this third. I drew a diagonal line to help get the alignment of the shoulders correct but feel free to omit.
Now to draw Florence’s iconic lamp. Using the image for reference draw in a hand which sits in the bottom third of the rectangle you originally drew. Atop that hand draw in her oil lamp with a flame.
Let’s draw in the details of the face. For the eyes measure halfway down your face and draw in two oblong shapes. The distance between your two eyes should be the same width as one eye.
Draw in a straight line with a slight hook on the end for the nose. Below the base of her nose draw in some slightly wiggly lines to suggest lips. Add in her eyebrows. Frame her face by drawing in her hair with a centre parting. Finally, draw in her nursing cap.
Now to draw in the dress details. Using the image for reference, draw in a collar for her dress, as well as some buttons. Finish it off by marking out her waist and the V-shaped lines which are part of the details of her dress.
Rub out any excess lines.
As a final touch why not add a splash of colour? Be as creative as you like. I used purples to highlight the sheen on the metallic sculpture.
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