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15 July 2007 @ 04:29 pm
More portraits  
I haven't posted any drawings for a while, mainly because our digital camera has crapped out on us and I've been unable to photograph any of the stuff I've been working on. With the bigger drawings unavailable, I took a look through the sketchbook for recent entries that I might want to scan in and expose to the harsh light of day.

Certain people complained that I looked a little grim in my last self-portrait, so I tried to crack something resembling a smile while sitting in front of the mirror on this one. I did this using vine charcoal, which I really like working with. It doesn't allow quite the range of value that compressed charcoal does, but it's very forgiving and easy to wipe away if things go wrong. It's also easy to work in with a paper towel to get that "washed" effect, which I tried to use on the left side of the face.

Here's an effort to combine a little hero worship with a drawing exercise - a portrait of the late John Peel. I've been thinking lately that I should try to draw people of different ages, as some really interesting things happen to our faces as we get older. The photo I drew this from really showed it around the eyes, with the little squint around the eyelids and the much more pronounced lines under the sockets. I'm also messing around with different media, using a lighter pencil on this one but still trying to capture a nice range of value. It's harder when you can't just reach for those dark shades the way you can with a heavier pencil or charcoal. I tried to pick up as much as I could with different kinds of line, but I think the beard would have been a lot easier if I'd just used charcoal.

fieldsofgarlic on July 17th, 2007 11:16 am (UTC)
Well Done
Nice work, man. I especially like the Peel portrait.

I think you should make a userpic out of your new self-portrait.

I hope to see you again soon.