This is the first portrait I’ve ever tried in charcoal.
As I walk around Rochester at this time of year, there is not a lot of color. Instead of using artistic license to add color, or working really hard to “find” it, I started thinking of making a more monochromatic drawing to reflect a simplification of what I see.
I didn’t need to go far from my house to find a plain landscape that could be accurately rendered in just charcoal and ochre pencil on white paper. I also threw in some terracotta pencil highlights.
I used the smoother back of pastel paper for this.
Oh, what a wet and muddy walk that was. How I suffer for my art!
My in-law’s beloved cat died last month. We are visiting them, and for my father-in-law’s birthday coming up, each night after they went to bed I made a sketch from a photo. They include graphite, charcoal, and my first pastels.