I nearly forgot that it was Thursday and suppose to be drawing a new seascape – today’s drawing is Miss Annabelle that I have worked on for three days.
Drawing freehand is not easy. This young lady was giving me a lot of problems. Portraits are a new subject for me, so not only am I still learning how to draw w/charcoal, but getting the right angle of Annabelle’s head bent w/her eyes slightly opened (I’m not convinced and need practice) and correct proportions of her features – these were my challenges.
Miss Annabelle, a charcoal drawing is 12×9 on Strathmore paper – materials used were vine and brick soft charcoal, a kneaded eraser, small camel-hair brush and a round brush, and for fine details #4h and #3B graphite pencils. The reference photograph used was taken by Steve MacIntyre of pmp (a fabulous photographer) of a gorgeous little girl and someone who I couldn’t possibly replicate at my level of experience. I did take some liberty with the image to make the drawing mine.
UPDATED: Changes were made to improve expression to more joyful (forehead wrinkles reduced by eyes, eyes slightly opened, and mouth more upturn). Click onto image to see a larger version.
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