30 August 2018

More Charcoal and White Chalk Portrait Drawings

Hello, I'm back with a few more recent portrait drawings.

The first was drawn from a photo as a preliminary sketch for a portrait painting.  I usually don't like toothy smiles, but this is for a posthumous portrait and the smile fits this sitters personality.  She was an avid gardener, and the painting will convey the joy she got from getting dirt under her fingernails.

The second was drawn from life during a 2-hour session.  I draw from life as often as possible to keep my skills up.  The work suffers over time if everything is painted from photos. 

Daisy in the Garden, charcoal and chalk on toned paper, 9 x 11"

Ellie (from life), charcoal and chalk on paper, 9x11"

11 August 2018

Some New Portrait Drawings

Here are some recent drawings I created as studies for upcoming portrait paintings.  This is a classic technique that produces beautiful results.  The paper tone stands in for middle values, the white chalk represents the lights and the charcoal creates the darks.

I like to work a portrait up in stages.  During the preliminary drawing, I get to know the sitter's face, and solve most of the issues I will encounter before the paint comes out.  At the completion of the commission clients may chose to purchase the preliminary sketch, too.  A little add-on.

Of course, some clients prefer a drawn portrait rather than a painted one, that's also an option.

The studies below were drawn from photos using vine charcoal, charcoal pencil, Pan Pastel and white chalk on Canson pastel paper.

Your comments are welcome.  DM me for more information if you are interested in commissioning a portrait, painted or drawn.

Lynn (study), 9x12"

Amanda in Black (study), 9x12"

21 July 2018

Wet Paint: Portrait Painting of An Artist

I continue posting on this blog because I like the format and I know lots of you like it, too.  The popularity of blogs is not what it used to be, but it's nice to offer commentary in more depth than other social media platforms.

But I am also posting over on Instagram on a more frequent basis, if you wish to keep current with my work.  That platform is image-driven, which I also like.  Posting is quicker.  More studio time :D

My instagram address is:   https://www.instagram.com/candacexmoore/

Today's post is a portrait of a friend, the artist Marla Epstein.  I gave Marla this portrait for her birthday a while ago.  She's a patient person.  I am not posting the progression because the early stages of this piece were not very appealing. But I stuck with it and I'm happy with the final result.   I learned a huge amount, including the importance of working through the "ugly stage" of a painting.  In my experience, most paintings have one. 

I am including a few detail pics below for your interest, too.

If you have a moment, I'd like to hear you opinion on blogs versus other social media platforms.  Do you like them? Do you care?  Do you have a preference?  Should I keep this blog current?  Thanks for visiting.

In Between, oil on linen, 24x30"

"In Between" detail
"In Between" detail