9/1/15: Charcoal Portrait Study

1-2hour, faces, Portrait


Reference: Google images for “interesting faces”, ~2hr

I saw a video where vine charcoal was smeared across the face, then the highlights were produced with erasing. I only have compressed charcoal and I doubt it spread out as well, but it worked somewhat. Most of the time was spent trying to map the face in as accurate as possible. Still have a lot of work to do with this… Fun study!

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6/23/15: Morning sketch, Walter Matthau

30-60min, actor, faces, Portrait

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Reference: Pic taken off Grumpier Old Men 2, ~40min

Bradwynn Jones is an up and coming artist that inspired me to do quick 20 minute sketches in the morning. Well, I couldn’t resist going over a bit. Walter Matthau’s face is fun to draw. “The face of a mackerel” was the quote from the movie of Sophia Loren’s mom.  I’m hoping to get good enough to do quick sketches of friends I make while hiking sections of the Appalachian Trial (trail family).

5/16/15: Facial Expression Studies using Loomis’ Methods

30-60min, faces

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Reference: Figure & Gesture Drawings (Faces), ~40min

This was a quick study after reading the first few pages of Andrew Loomis’ book “Faces and Hands”.  I’m new to learning other’s methods, but this book is easy to read and understand so far. It’s so hard to get the nose, eyes etc. in the right places, but this clears it up for the most part. Hopefully this will help me get some quick, recognizable portraits of people I meet.

5/3/15: Female Figure Drawing including White Charcoal

3-5 hour, faces, female, hands, lifedrawing, nude

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Reference: Figure &Gesture Drawings, ~3hrs

After studying the hands and the face and recent studies, today I chose to emphasize these in this pose. I wasn’t sure what she was expressing. At first I thought she was feeling complacent, but the more I drew her, I think she was going to seduction. In any case, the lighting was perfect to test out both white and dark charcoal pencils over a graphite base. I had thrown away the dark charcoal pencil after it kept breaking, but then today I watched a YouTube video where the exact same charcoal pencil was used to make an amazing figure drawing. I must not have been using it right. So I dug it out of the trash and found an old empty cereal box, noticing the brown cardboard inside. Good time to find it too, since I only have white sketch paper and the white charcoal would be useless. I flipped the cereal box inside out and used it for today’s drawing. Hey, artists never claim to be normal. Using the charcoal more delicately and only sharpening it when needed really helped. Here’s the progression:

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4/21/15: Quick Face Sketch Progression

10-30min, faces, lifedrawing

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Reference: Figures & Gesture Drawings, ~30 min

Time to take a step back and improve the impact from a pose by improving facial expression. This is a little quick study of faces and expressions in “Class Mode”. 30 seconds really makes you pick only the most important lines and constantly look at the image rather then your paper. Excellent class from Figures & Gesture website!