That being done, I wanted to do an illustration of Marianne's older sister in the story, Elinor. What I did not anticipate was that capturing Elinor Dashwood in a small portrait-type illustration would be a tricky thing for me to do!
Here's my first attempt, which was designed to be a "sister" piece to Marianne. Play on words intended.
I like her as a piece of art, but there was more I wanted to say about Elinor than this illustration was saying. What's going on in her life during the story isn't easy, but at the same time she's resigned to be content with her situation and make the best of it. She's responsible and understands where she fits into society. When it comes to emotions, Elinor doesn't show hers easily. Elinor #1 looks too open somehow and doesn't have the hint of hidden emotions that I think a picture of Elinor Dashwood should have.
Here's my second try.
It was fun to use so much color! I like Elinor #2. She looks like something silly is going on nearby and she can't get herself to join in. However, I think she looks a little younger than I intended even though her age at the beginning of Sense and Sensibility was supposed to be only 19 (source). The elusive Miss Dashwood was proving to be a hard character to draw!
I think I'm happiest with my third version, which at the time of this post is still in my sketchbook.
As a matter of fact, I might leave this version as a pencil sketch complete with messy lines and eraser marks. Somehow the work-in-progress suits Elinor!