When I first learned to draw with charcoal, my lessons were heavily rooted in form: light and shadow. I was going through some of my older drawings and I came across what I consider my only successful self-portrait. Often, when I look back at my school work I cringe at the obvious mistakes and think about how poorly I took constructive criticism. I am really happy with how this turned out. I didn't get the almighty "A" that I hoped for but it was the first time I truly captured my likeness on the page. For this project I had to include a hand. My good friend Suzanne let me take her photo for reference. I really like how this one has different levels of finish throughout the piece. Tight around her eyes and nose and looser around her shoulders.
After finding these, I got inspired to work on portraits again! I finished one as a gift so I won't post it until next week. (If you are reading this, you probably can guess who it's of...)
The face is complex and beautiful. You can get all the features right but if they are not in the perfect spot you lose the likeness. The life and likeness are more important than the accuracy of the overall piece. At least, that's what I think.
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