I couldn’t leave well-enough alone and just had to go back in to see if I could work the portrait drawing a bit more to get a closer likeness to John Singer Sargents’ drawing of Mrs. Richard Sears. Let me just say, lol – she has become my own Mrs. Sears (older and a bit stiff she doesn’t seem to be as relaxed as Sargents’ as a slightly tilted head is very tough to draw) but I’ll take it and move on.
Several features were worked on: her nose angled more downward, lips and chin brought in slightly, and finally her neck muscles redefined. Lower values were brought in to darken aspects of her hair and to draw hair strands, and to emphasize her dress fabric folds and rose decoration (used 4B and 8B). At this point I can’t totally change the angle of her head, too late – one of the lessons learned here, get it right before anything else is drawn so changes can be made.
The paper finally said enough already, it couldn’t handle any more graphite. Charcoal can’t be added on top of graphite, because the graphite’s slippery surface or I would have used it for the darks. Sargent did his drawing in charcoal and got a spectacular result.
Here is the updated result and original Mrs. Sears study.
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