Thursday’s Drawing, The Glance – charcoal

You didn’t think I’d let Thursday’s drawing to get away – oh no here is my latest .  .  .

The Glance, is a charcoal portrait drawing (12×9) on Strathmore Drawing paper – I’m fast running out of soft charcoal (used charcoal brick and pencil, and vine).  I’ll soon be switching back over to graphite with a new marine drawing (as a Thursday drawing project).

The Glance was a nice challenge for me in sketching a side-portrait but also because the model had a strong profile that lent itself to strong lines and strokes.  Blending on this piece was done with a stump, tortillum, charcoal pencil and my fingers.

Hope you have a wonder weekend.  Thank you for checking in ~

The Glance - text


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37 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing, The Glance – charcoal

  1. lorriebowden says:

    I think this is very beautiful…and I find it hard to believe that you have a hard time drawing what you see!! Love your work! ❤

    • Mary says:

      Hi Lorrie, thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. Oh I’ve always had an issue (good thing for me that erasers were invented) with drawing what I see in particular angles/direction of lines. It’s something that I recognize, which makes studying the subject and my progress against it so important for outcomes.

  2. Carol King says:

    You’ve captured the “glance” perfectly! Great work.

  3. The glance shows a lot of emotions in it! So wonderful!

  4. You’ve captured the natural expression beautifully

  5. nutsfortreasure says:


  6. Paul Beech says:

    This isn’t just a glance, it’s a glance that says a lot! Why does my heart go thumpety-thump? Very well done, Mary. Have a lovely Sunday.


  7. Great lines. Well done, Mary. 😉

  8. Now those cheekbones are very prominent, it is her best feature and because is a side portrait you totally captured the beauty of it! My favorite part of this piece is the hair, that is absolutely perfectly executed, period! Your proportions of portraits are so good Mary, the balance is well divided, the tilting is perfect, it seems the using of lines for dividing the face worked out very well! I enjoy your lovely ladies! Have a most wonderful weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Wow Eva, incredible and generous feedback. I can’t thank you enough for always being present with my work – means a good deal to me. It was a most difficult portrait for me to do, because of her head tilt (mind over matter, difficult for me to draw what I see). After drawing her, I’m re-visiting quick head sketches – void of details, working more on angles and correct proportions to features. At some point I’ll get closer to what I envision and a soft overall feel to the drawings. For now I’ll bask in your comments and consider myself very lucky to have such an incredible blogging friend. Have a wonderful weekend ~

  9. Painting for Joy says:

    Very nice Mary! Have a great weekend.

  10. Ah, Mary, nicely captured! 🙂 Have a great weekend! 🙂

  11. kerlund74 says:

    Great work, a wonderful portrait!

  12. ladyfi says:

    I like the play of shadow and light.

  13. A.PROMPTreply says:

    That eyebrow really captures her, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t want to mess her about!

  14. As always, Mary, fine work

  15. aFrankAngle says:

    I’m trying to sense her mood, but the lips are the reason for my indecision.

    • Mary says:

      Ah yes, those lips – ha, they went through several changes (charcoal can be very unforgiving in making changes), well lets just say this portrait became the challenge and no more changes could be made. Thanks so much for your feedback ~

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