Whoever said portraits are easy? This little guy gave me a run for my money – the challenge was keeping Richard Jr. looking like a youngster (of perhaps 10-12 yrs) instead of a middle-age teenager with worry. John Singer Sargent makes it seem so easy – this artists work fascinates.
The free-hand charcoal study (12×9) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. So why a challenge, it was his face and giving it definition while not taking his childhood baby-fat and innocence away. Loved working his hair, a couple of areas photographed darker than they are – did you notice his hair-style isn’t too different from what we see our little ones fashion today (actually just like my teenage neighbor).
Work will continue on drawing portraits, let’s see 4 down only 496 more to go (if I had any chance to catch up to Sargents’ # (and that was in the last years of his life – what?)!! Notice that the drawing has been revised with minor changes to skin shadows, eyes and shape of face. Below are both revised and the original study.
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