The last few weeks at the Tuesday Art League I have been trying to paint oil portraits in 2 hours. That is an intense experience. I ran into a colleague on the street who said he was also at last weeks class. I was so busy, desperately trying to make the painting work that I didn’t even remember him, or say hello. In fact, I did not say hello to anyone or look at anyone else’s work.
Last night I just brought my charcoal and pad and I finished this sketch early and went around to share some coffee and a few jokes with my fellow artists.
Remember Rule #62.
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”.
Vine charcoal and conte B on newsprint from the church of naked ladies.
Drawing slowly and deliberately massing values. 25 min each.
That’s this model’s name. He’s got 5 ink marks on his left cheek.
Vine Charcoal on 14×17 Strathmore 400.2 hours
Finally learning how to blend the value masses with charcoal but I dont think this is the best paper for it.
18×24 willow charcoal and soft charcoal pencil on Strathmore 400
Attempting to block in the big dark shapes with the edge of the charcoal, then cut back in to find the drawing.