Tested, charcoal

I wanted to draw something with a bit more grit and edge ~

Tested, is a freehand charcoal sketch (12×9, Strathmore paper), portrays a guy whose life took a turn that probably has put a few tests in his path.  Materials used:  charcoal vine, compressed charcoal, a kneaded eraser and round brush.

My reference was from the Wetcanvas library.  Please click onto the image for a larger size.



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58 Responses to Tested, charcoal

  1. vanerpaddel says:

    I do not know so much about art and paintings, but yours are amazing..

  2. D. Parker says:

    This makes me think he’s about to head out to sea and is going to miss his family. He looks sad, but there’s a hint of anticipation of the adventures to come.
    I know nothing about art, except what I like.
    Thank you, Mary.
    Hope this day is treating you kindly. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks D! I like how you’ve taken the visual and made it your own. Isn’t that what art is all about? Knowing what we like, for whatever the reason something about the piece speaks to us. I really appreciate your compliment. Have a wonderful week ahead ~

  3. It all about life.And the story he has inside. We can imagine something about. Well done

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Robert – I loved that it’s what you write, many are imaging about the guy. It’s a wonder of what brought him to this point in his life. Thanks again ~

  4. Oh yes I totally see the edginess in this one – well done, Mary!

  5. I like his rough edges. 🙂

  6. Amy says:

    Love this charcoal painting, Mary! I feel like his is looking at me and he has stories to tell…

    • Mary says:

      It’s one of those fellows that we pass by on city streets, don’t really want to look him in the eye and yet, there is a human in there. Something provoked this life choice. Thank you Amy – I enjoyed your response!

  7. ladyfi says:

    That has a lot of character!

  8. This is really outstanding, Mary. 🙂

  9. Susan Feniak says:

    He does have grit and character Mary!

  10. Well done Mary, he does look a little rough around the edges. Wonderful texture in the beard and hair.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Beth – there is so much charcoal and dust, it will take a couple of coats of fixative to seal the drawing. The textures were a lot of fun building in his beard and hair – so happy you noticed.

  11. You’ve captures so much personality, Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Elena, every time I draw a wrinkle I think of your character comment on the drawing I did with the old hand and horse – I’m thrilled that you mention personality with Tested.

  12. farbvielfalt says:

    Great work, Mary! You invite the viewer to think about this guy and his history… Well done!

  13. Strong work, Mary, well resolved.

    Best Always


  14. Gallivanta says:

    Your portraits are going from strength to strength, Mary. I am fascinated by all the subjects you have chosen for this series.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Gallivanta – for this drawing I really wanted someone with character and with a story to tell. This guy was perfect, letting the viewer try to get into his head. Thank you for your generous comment – have a great week!

  15. ĽAdelaide says:

    such great work, he looks to be an interesting fellow. 😉 your work keeps getting better and better!

  16. Jet Eliot says:

    I like the “grit and edge,” Mary…you do it well. 🙂

  17. Yay~! The image loaded! I continue to admire the way you keep going out on new limbs — intrepid Miss Mary —- you’re an inspiration for all!

    Now let’s click the heels together and nod toward the sunset and make this comment soar out of the box! z
    Nope.. strike one…

    • Mary says:

      What a joy to hear from you Z! Thank you for your encouraging compliment – seriously you continue to push me past new heights. This is fun, right?

      Glad to see you are having some luck with power and accessing the internet. Hope this week is smoother and happy creating!

  18. Excellent, Mary. This portrait could very well be a Dostoyevsky character! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina. There is something in what you write, he very well could portray getting lost in the political system of the unfortunates. You have such depth over a broad spectrum of topics – intriguing and compelling. Hope you have a lovely week.

  19. Jane Lurie says:

    Does make me wonder what his story might be… beautiful work, Mary.

  20. Wow thats fabulous really gritty and real

  21. poppytump says:

    You’ve really captured us here Mary .. very much ‘grit and edge’ I like your description .
    I always wonder what’s going on behind a beard as it were 😉

  22. Paul Beech says:

    He looks a rum cove, to be sure. Possibly a poet like me!
    Great work, Mary.

  23. Very strong characterization, Mary, nice work! but….I’m not inviting him to my birthday party.

  24. Gloria Ester says:

    Really great work. Makes you wonder what he’s been or going through.

  25. Steven says:

    Wonderful beard there, Mary! Of course I say that referring to the subject, not you 😉 Very nicely done. Great rugged quality to it.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Steven, thanks very much for your thoughts and feedback. He was a real scruffy kind of guy that brought about more questions. Glad you noticed the beard, that was fun and rugged is a great word to described him.

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