Study of Dark Skin Model – (original drawing by William Maughan)

My latest study, as I continue to learn how to draw portraits, was from a book that I’m reading by William Maughan, that I’ll be writing a book review post on at a later date.

This portrait (9×6) was drawn with graphite pencils (2H and 2B).  The model was so beautiful, it was hard to resist drawing her – the study was a great learning tool and challenge for not only drawing someone who is dark-skinned, but also with extremely short wiry hair.  These portrait studies reaffirm that it all goes back to form and values, and most important proper proportions.

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Study of Dark Skin Model

Study of Dark Skin Model



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26 Responses to Study of Dark Skin Model – (original drawing by William Maughan)

  1. violetski says:

    Wonderful job! ❤️

  2. Paul Beech says:

    Mary, I imagined her opening her eyes just now and had to laugh because they were bright with mischief; not sad at all. The point is that your portrait is not just one amongst many; it’s one that teases the mind and because of this memorable.

    It’s great you’re extending your range like this.


    • Mary says:

      Hi Paul, thank you so much for your rich and generous feedback on this drawing – it’s much appreciated! I’m enjoying the stretch, thank you!

  3. dorannrule says:

    You are so great at meeting just about any artistic challenge – and this is no exception.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Dorann, her beauty struck me – intriguing enough that I wanted to have a go. It was a nice piece to work on. Hope you enjoy your weekend.

  4. Mary, you are excellent

  5. She is just gorgeous! You got her stunning features down to the wire Mary! Love her lips! Superbly lovely work!

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    She is beautiful … but I see some sadness … but well done, Mary, as she seems very natural.

  7. Painting for Joy says:

    Brilliant portrait work Mary. You rendered the figure very realistically! Well done!

  8. A.PROMPTreply says:

    You nailed this one! I can see the dark skin, I can see the wiry hair. I can feel her intensity. Mary, you are so good!

  9. Sooo true-mostly about the shapes and values!

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