01 November 2009
Portrait of My Daughter in Charcoal and Chalk
I've drawn a portrait of my daughter each year since I started studying art. Her portrait was actually the first charcoal drawing I did back in mid-2007. I drew her again last year in graphite, and my post today shows my most recent effort in chalk and charcoal on toned paper. Since this is a blog about the art student experience, I thought it would be interesting to post all 3 drawings together, to show a typical progression of technical drawing skills. I cringe a bit when I look at those earlier efforts. However, they were the best I could do at the time, and I was proud of each one. I hope next year I cringe a little when I look at this year’s effort, too, because it will signify progress.
The method for today’s drawing was described in an earlier post. I used a Conte 1710 B Pierre Noir charcoal pencil and a General white chalk pencil on dark gray Canson Mi-Teintes paper. I posed Amanda in the same chair wearing similar clothing for continuity.
Top: Amanda 2009, 10x8, charcoal and white chalk on toned paper
Middle: Amanda 2008, 10 x 10, graphite on bristol board
Bottom: Amanda 2007, 14 x 10, vine charcoal on bristol board