Artist Daniela Reich has a rare ability to capture the likeness of the top snooker players on paper.
Daniela, age 30 from Austria, first started drawing at school when she was 16 and quickly discovered that she had a gift for it.
“To start with I did some still life drawings,” she said. “But I soon moved on to drawing portraits of my family, movie stars and musicians.
“A few years ago my grandma introduced me to snooker and I became a huge fan. Last year I did a few drawings of players for my snooker community on Twitter and they were really enthusiastic about the portraits. Even some of the players noticed them.
“Last year I started my own business and now I’m working as a freelance artist. I’m really glad I could turn my passion into a profession.
“For my drawings I use several graphite pencils and very smooth Bristol paper. Depending on size, each portrait takes around six to nine hours. As reference I use a photo, which I print in black-and-white and in the desired size.
“I start sketching some bright lines, positioning the main characteristics: eyes, mouth, nose and shape of the head. Then I develop every single part of the face, step by step. In the end I do some shading to put the final touches to the drawing.”
For more about Daniela and her drawings see www.reichdaniela.com or follow her @DanielaReich84