Madonna

Sunday’s model was Scandinavian in ancestry. She had a high forehead and long neck. Her neck was not as long as the one I drew, I just wanted to accentuate it like one of the Russian Icon paintings of Madonna. I would like to experiment with elongating the entire figure as El Greco did. If I could just stop being afraid of the results of experimenting.

 

Tonal range

Vine Charcoal on Newsprint and Bond.

Cool thing about this charcoal is the tonal range you can get by manipulating the marks.

It does not stick to the newsprint very well so I tried conté and then changed paper on the profile.

 

Charcoal Portrait Stages

14×17″ Charcoal from last night at the Art League

Very similar stages of completion but after a nights sleep and about 15 more minutes of work, the one on the right looks far better.

The one on the left is how I stopped with the model last night at 8pm.

I thought it was finished but when I looked this am with fresh eyes I saw some issues I needed to address.

  • Jaw too low where it meets the chin, decrease the jowl and strengthen jaw line
  • Too much highlight on cheek and forehead. Shade and tighten up/define highlights
  • Eye too dark. Highlight and define.
  • Separate head outline from background and darken head shadow on shoulder to make the head “pop out”.