Another, very different approach is the 'inside out' method. Many artists use this method, including Richard Schmid and his former student Scott Burdick. I'm a big fan of Scotts' work. His video "Secrets of Drawing", was my inspiration for todays' drawing.
I used willow charcoal and white chalk on Strathmore 400 toned paper, from a reference photo I shot. Going from the inside to the outside, I started with the focal left eye, proceed to the right eye, the nose, the mouth and then out to the general head shape. Following, I added the planes of the head, separated into the light and dark sides. Once I had the big value map working, I just proceeded from large to small shapes, as Scott describes in his video. The approach is fun...very intuitive. And I think it's wise to occasionally swap out standard procedures for something new. It keeps things fresh and interesting.
|Valor Hsiao, charcoal and chalk on paper, 9x13"|
Valors' portrait shows the visual qualities I am striving for in my mark making. More expressive than an earlier portrait drawing I did (below) of Nicholas Milligan, using the outside-in method. It was the best I could do at the time, but I am happy with this new direction.
|Nicholas Milligan, charcoal and chalk on paper, 9x12"|