03 November 2017

A Possible Portrait

Mother in profile, 12x16", Charcoal and chalk on toned Strathmore 400

A preparatory charcoal sketch for a future oil portrait of my mother.   I like painting my mother.  It's really a painting from memory when it's a face you know so well.  Those are the most expressive and easiest paintings to do.

While I'm posting about drawing, I want to recommend the book by Nathan Fowkes, "How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal".  Outstanding for everyone, but especially for students.  I've admired Nathan's work for a long time, and it's special to know how he achieves his beautiful results.  He shares lots of tips and techniques.  Good book.

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