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Adia (graphite and charcoal drawing)

Adia (graphite and charcoal drawing)

Adia-graphite-drawing

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9″ x 11″, graphite (pencil) on paper with charcoal.

This is a quick portrait drawing based from a reference image. I really kept my focus on the tone, particularly minding how the flow of her hair framed her face and set the mood. There is very little detail in the individual hair strands, which I thought gave her a serious, intense look. She appears as if she has suffered some hardship, and that’s exactly what I wanted her to represent. Using charcoal for the darker gradients, on the right hand side of her face (her left cheek) really makes that effect work. I’d like to develop this image digitally in the future, using some smokey gradients to make her even more mysterious and “hard” in appearance.

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Virginia (charcoal and conte portrait)

Virginia (charcoal and conte portrait)

Virginia-charcoal-conte

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

9.5″ x 6″ on watercolor paper. This was my first time playing with conté. I expected it to handle more like oil pastels, but it was slightly tacky in application. However, the conté was excellently bright and bold regarding color.

The rouge areas in the image are where I used conté. The dark blacks and distinctive lines are willow charcoal and charcoal pencil, which made a nice contrast. I like the warm colors of flesh, the makeup on her eyelids, and the natural blush of her lips and cheeks. Her eyes are closed, making it hard to show her vulnerability, but using a little color and brightening her feminine features softened her and brought her to life.

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Anita (charcoal drawing)

Anita (charcoal drawing)

Anita-portrait-charcoal

 

 

ABOUT THIS PICTURE

Charcoal and graphite on toned paper. I read about toning paper and got interested in how to do it. It’s super easy. I applied a watercolor wash over some heavy duty paper and let it fully dry before sketching. I like how the portrait I drew over the wash looks rustic. I’m not very adept at using charcoal, but I do enjoy for it certain applications, particularly for the gradients that are available with hair. More than any other feature in this picture I am pleased about the hair, the light white streaks against the dark powder of the willow charcoal.

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