A monks face sometimes hold clues to burden of prayer they carry around where ever they may be – it’s the expression, the haunting eyes and slackened face muscles that has me curious. What is it they feel and think . . . how do they react to a world of which they are far removed?
Old Monk 2, a charcoal and graphite drawing (12×9) on Strathmore Paper, vine and willow charcoal was used for the monk and background, and 4H – 2H – HB graphite pencils for the cloth; tools used for blending were stumps, tortilium, kneaded and click eraser, and an artist brush. Drawing free-hand takes me a while to do an initial layout of a subject (4 hrs for this monk) and about 12 hours in total drawing time for this piece. Graphite was used for the cloth because of its reflective qualities and also it provides a slightly different texture than what the charcoal gives to the skin.
We had freezing rain, sleet and a little snow flurries (for February in TX, that’s unusual), in any event it’s dark out today so the photograph isn’t the best quality, but I think it represents him well enough.
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