Some of my artwork is on display at Pittsford (NY) Town Hall until the end of June.
I have been doing a series of casual 6 x 6’s in various media, usually on the back of scrap or abandoned paintings. I didn’t sign any, with the thought of taking them to the RoCo 6x6x2014 show.
The first three are from a Farm Sanctuary calendar, the cub was from some magazine, and the other three are my own photos.
This is the first portrait I’ve ever tried in charcoal.
Another graphite portrait, with the emphasis on getting a likeness, seeing the “character” in people’s faces.
This is the second exercise in the book Drawing a Likeness, and I got better at adding the white before putting down the graphite, because doing it the other way around doesn’t work – the graphite is too slick.
Again, the point here is to see and accurately put down the anomalies of his face. Yes, his eyes are different sizes – I think most people’s are. Mine are. I think most people’s mouths draw to one side or the other as well, and eyebrows do weird things, too.
The first part of the book draws your attention to different types of faces, making broad generalizations of course. Come to think of it, they were all white folks. But calling my attention to what makes people’s faces look different has me looking at people I meet differently, analyzing them a bit.
I decided to return to human portraits for a while (I started there). I started with a photo in the book Drawing a Likeness by Douglas Graves. He did his on white paper but I like to draw with white, so I used a grey sketchpad, 6B and 3B pencils, and a “white charcoal” pencil, whatever that means. I discovered that unfortunately the white charcoal will not draw on top of graphite no matter what, so if I wanted to add a highlight to a dark area, I had to erase first. I used an erasing shield a lot.
Doing these exercises from the book was helpful because he pointed out the anomalies in the woman’s face, such as the draw of the lips and the mismatched size and shape of the eyes. I did my drawing at the same size as his so I was able to make sure I was on the right track as I went along.