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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Wonderful job! ❤️
Thank you so much my dear friend!
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.
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!
You are so great at meeting just about any artistic challenge – and this is no exception.
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.
Mary, you are excellent
Thank you John, you made my day!
She is just gorgeous! You got her stunning features down to the wire Mary! Love her lips! Superbly lovely work!
Thank you Eva. I was immediately struck by her quiet elegance and wanted to try to capture what I saw through drawing. Perhaps a couple of softening adjustments in her neck and shoulder blades would bring a full relaxed feel to the piece – enjoying the learning aspect.
I enjoy your journey down the road of learning as well!
She is beautiful … but I see some sadness … but well done, Mary, as she seems very natural.
Thanks Frank! A few areas could be softened, I stopped drawing, but now see where just a few little fixes would give way totally to a very relaxed figure.
I imagine as an artist, it is important to know when to stop.
No question. I think whether one is creative of words, music, sculpture, art – it’s always changing and evolving before our eyes.
Brilliant portrait work Mary. You rendered the figure very realistically! Well done!
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!
Thanks A! She was an interesting character to capture.
Sooo true-mostly about the shapes and values!
Thanks Elena – I’m learning those important principles with portraits. Taking a break for the weekend, have a good one!
I love your shading! 🙂
You’re welcome, Mary.