22 April 2009

Portraits from Photos IV



Just posting a few practice head drawings today. These are from photos shot by Richard Avedon and published in his autobiography. I really like drawing weathered, mature faces. There's so much going on, rhythms are more obvious, edges are harder, and all those creases...just so much more interesting than a young, smooth face. The challenge here was the lack of strong directional lighting, but that also gave me a chance to interpret the images, which I need to practice more.

One thing that helps my drawings alot is to add variety whenever I can. That means lost-and-found edges, uneven shading, adding blemishes and bumps, and introducing a little chaos occasionally. Seems to be a common beginner's mistake to make things too smooth and even, leading to some really awful results.

It took about 3 hours for each drawing, using Conte charcoal pencils on smooth newsprint.

Top: Samuel Beckett, writer 2009, 16x12, charcoal on newsprint
Bottom: Vladimir Horowitz, pianist 2009, 16x12, charcoal on newsprint

4 comments:

  1. Hello Candace,

    you actually give to your portraits a soul, they are so comunicative to me, great works.

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  2. Sam's looking a bit more breezy than we've come to expect.

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  3. Limbolo, Maybe some mousse involved. Thanks for visiting. Love your work.

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  4. Marco, Thanks for your comment. Enjoyed your recent posts on Nudes in Art, practice, and others. Art is more than pretty pictures. Grazie.

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