Sketch for the composition of the painting

A rough sketch for my idea began as a very simple Thumbnail drawing of a mother grooming her daughter. This was done in one of my small sketchbooks.

Thumbnail drawing using ballpoint

After deciding the final size of the painting, I sketched a scaled down version of the portrait that was to be painted.

Sketch to scale

I wanted to maintain a theme where I use the same mirror from a previous portrait done of my friend Nancy.

Nancy reflected in the mirror

Nancy reflected in the mirror