I drew this bust of the Bodhisattva Kwan Yin when I first started with silverpoint, it was a long study and as I progressed through the drawing, I was learning moment by moment. I can see a few passages where I was particularly stumped because I tried to use silverpoint in ways that silverpoint doesn’t like to be used, ie as a pencil, but all in all I’m very happy with it.
It’s drawn on a prepared Ampersand Gesso Board, they come cradled or un-cradled, this was the latter. The ground that you use is important for the silverpoint to lay down although it will show up on just the gessoed surface. Here, I also used a Silverpoint/Drawing ground made by Golden Paints. I highly recommend using it, it is easy to apply and it prepares any surface ready to accept silverpoint.