Anticipation, charcoal drawing

Anticipation, is a 9×6 portrait sketched in charcoal on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.   The free-hand drawing was good practice because of the variety of fabrics, blond hair and her features.  The original name of this drawing was Fresh, but based on great feedback from several followers, I’ve renamed the piece to Anticipation.

The portrait was based off of a reference image (taken by Alex Lee Johnson of pmp) from a photo shoot he did on a wooded path.  The model was shot full length from a distance, so I decided to crop the image and draw her close-up – the crop was a bit grainy, but what better way than to take a bit of license and have a go at it.

This drawing was done while on my break in December – thank you for stopping by.

Fresh - Text


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42 Responses to Anticipation, charcoal drawing

  1. Awesome! You have so much talent, Mary. 🙂

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  3. This is a special one! Her eyes are striking, at least for me is the spot where I was attracted first, so very magnetic! I love the fact that she is a blond, I don’t recall any piece by you where the model had blond hair ( I might be wrong do). Love the textures, superb execution. She is a modern beauty!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, love your description of Anticipation – yes, this is the first blond and did her hair through negative drawing and using my fingers to swipe in medium values (a lot of fun to just have a go at it). Thanks for referencing her eyes, they were a wonderful feature of this model and I’m glad the charcoal didn’t go dull on me, letting me play them up. Glad you enjoyed her – thanks so much.

  4. Unusual from your typical artwork. Like it very much.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Evelyne, all these portraits are for play – gives me a new subject and learning experience for drawing. Glad you liked it, thanks a lot!

  5. Susan Feniak says:

    Lively, or full of life.

  6. dorannrule says:

    Beautifully done Mary! She looks like she is about to walk off the page.

  7. Wonderful rendering of the different textures, Mary…I was confused by the title, because I agree with ApromptReply, that there is a hardness about the character….at. any rate, it’s an intriguing portrait. Bravo!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cynthia for your feedback and comments – really appreciate it. Based on A!’s thoughts and yours, I’ve changed the title to, Anticipation – on whose part, all depends on what position the viewer takes. Thank you, I totally enjoyed working those textures.

  8. dsaquarelles says:

    Magnificent! very lively!

  9. A.PROMPTreply says:

    Wow. A bit more modern subject than I’m used to seeing from you and I really like it! You’ve captured some “hardness” in her soul to my eyes…..makes me want to know her story!

  10. Gallivanta says:

    Love the detail on the hair.

  11. restlessjo says:

    A face full of character and determination, Mary. Great job 🙂

  12. poppytump says:

    Love all the detail Mary . She has a quiet twinkle in her eye I rather like 🙂

  13. ĽAdelaide says:

    She’s beautiful, Mary!

  14. Happy new year and best wishes to you and yours for health, happiness, peace & prosperity in 2015!

  15. Painting for Joy says:

    Superb draftsmanship Mary! You were certainly busy over your winter break! It shows that you enjoyed yourself without the pressures of blogging,

  16. Mary, Another joy for all to see.

  17. Ah, nicely done, Mary! Nice framing too! 🙂

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