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.
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Awesome! You have so much talent, Mary. 🙂
Thank you so much Elizabeth for your beautiful compliment!
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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!
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.
Unusual from your typical artwork. Like it very much.
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!
Lively, or full of life.
Beautifully done Mary! She looks like she is about to walk off the page.
Thank you so much Dorann!
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!
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.
Magnificent! very lively!
Thanks very much!
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!
Great comment and feedback A! Thanks a lot and I totally agree about the “hardness” so based on your characterization I’ve renamed the drawing to, “Anticipation.” I think it fits the look better. Thanks so much – your observation was spot-on.
A most apt name!
Glad you like it A! Thanks –
Love the detail on the hair.
Thanks Gallivanta – most of her hair was accomplished with negative drawing. A lot of fun that I left for the end.
A face full of character and determination, Mary. Great job 🙂
Thanks Jo! I really enjoyed working this portrait ~
Love all the detail Mary . She has a quiet twinkle in her eye I rather like 🙂
You are so kind Poppy – the fabric was a whole lot of fun drawing. She was an interesting young lady to capture.
She’s beautiful, Mary!
Thank you Linda!! How did you guys fair with the rain last month? Was thinking about you and the farm.
Hi Mary… We had a goodly amount of rain and nada since… it is the same for the past 3-4 years, a couple good storms and then not much for the rest of the rainy season. Most strange!
Happy new year and best wishes to you and yours for health, happiness, peace & prosperity in 2015!
Thanks Russel for your lovely comment – best of the New Year to you as well. Wishing you much successful and joy throughout 2015.
Superb draftsmanship Mary! You were certainly busy over your winter break! It shows that you enjoyed yourself without the pressures of blogging,
Thanks Rhonda – the drawing bug caught me during my downtime. Finally getting back to painting (although a bit rusty). Thanks again!
Mary, Another joy for all to see.
Ah, nicely done, Mary! Nice framing too! 🙂
Thank you so much Marina!