An important purpose to studying John Singer Sargent portrait drawings is to learn from his loose but confident and purposeful strokes, because his work is spectacular. From my readings I learned that during 1910 through 1925 Sargent produced some 500 drawings, and many of the portraits are charcoal AND completed in two-hour settings. His results – stunning.
Today’s drawing is a 9×6 study of Mrs. Richard Sears (Sargent drew in 1912). My study was done in graphite pencils (F and 2B). I’ve decided I’d rather draw these studies in charcoal because of how quickly you can cover the surface with a single swipe, and I like the striking visual impact between the lights and darks.
Some personal assessment of this study: graphite for this study probably wasn’t the best choice, the value ranges were limited (should have used darker pencils ), charcoal would have produced a more striking result especially where her hair is concerned; the tilt to her head is slightly off; I aged her some; her lovely hair style changed; charcoal would have given a darker background to allow Mrs. Sears to standout prominently. LOL, enough already! I’ll draw Mrs. Sears again, I learned a lot with this exercise and can improve on this study.
I went way over my one hour limit today, graphite is a much slower medium to work with. In any event, here she is ~
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