This drawing was only done for the purpose of practicing a full, scruffy beard using charcoal.
Practice Drawing, Beard (7×5) Strathmore Sketch paper – using brick, compressed and vine charcoal. Both a click eraser and kneaded eraser were used for pulling out fine beard hairs and a camel hair brush was used for blending. I brush the entire surface with charcoal first so a high value of color was used then throughout as a base for the beard and face. Five layers of charcoal were drawn and blended to develop the fluffiness of the beard. I think the fluffiness was accomplished because of the many layers of different values, but would have liked to see more squiggly lines for some of the beard hairs laying on top.
It was a good practice. The next time I draw a beard I’ll do it with a more meticulous way of managing the lines and strokes.
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Reference photograph from Vee Rolliard of pmp was used.
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