Over my December break I found a remarkable artist, Nathan Fowkes, online whose charcoal portraits are really nothing short of spectacular. Mr. Fowkes is incredibly talented in the normal artistic sense of painting and drawing, but also as an accomplished animation artist. I spent considerable time studying his work and then read through nearly every post that he did on his blog since 2006 http://nathanfowkes.blogspot.com/.
Nathan is gracious enough to post full-demonstrations of several of his charcoal drawings, which have been beneficial for me in gaining a better understanding of light/shadows and purposeful strokes with this medium, etc.
Here is a 12×9 charcoal study (strathmore paper) I did based off of one of Nathan’s demonstrations (you might have to dig deep into his blog postings, but you can find it on his blog link above). The challenge for me is learning not only how to master the medium, but to do free-hand portraits as well (if you only knew – very hard for me to draw what I see).
Nathan Fowkes is definitely an artist I admire ~
I’m struggling on a current drawing, so it was nice to go back and see what’s possible – I needed that personal encouragement (hey sometimes we have to give to ourselves, lol).