Drawing of my lovely friend Danielle… Charcoal on 14″ x 11″ Paper.
I decided to do a portrait of the late Chadwick Boseman with charcoal on 14″ x 11″ paper. He has been in so many great films aside from the well-known “Black Panther” movie. An interesting fact about this man is that Denzel Washington payed his way to the prestigious British American Drama Academy while he was still a student at Howard University. It was great that he saw the talent in this young man.
A commission portrait done with charcoal. This will be shipped off next week to a new mom! She is very excited to be receiving this. Capturing innocence is always a challenge.
Portrait with Charcoal on 11″ x 14″ Toned Paper
I decided to add a touch of color using yellow charcoal.
This was a 1 hour sketch done on 11″ x 14″ Toned Paper using Conte Crayons. I tried to use the tone of the paper as the mid-tone only using the white crayon for the lightest highlights. I have seeing some people blend the white and black for a grey mid-tone. I think this can cool the drawing too much, depending on the color of the paper. It is certainly not a perfect sketch, at least to my standards, but I know it has been a long time since I sketched a live portrait. I will be doing these frequently along with some figure drawings.
Yesterday evening, my husband and I watched the news and observed how different parts of the world were dealing with the pandemic. I decided, with the spare time we now have, to do this one hour sketch of him with Derwent’s XL Blocks and Generals charcoal pencil. I hope that everyone is safe! Remaining hopeful and positive is the best way to get through this time, and we will!
I just discovered the joys of drawing fabric. There are so many lessons regarding light and form in this one little drawing. The texture of the fabric and the folds remind me of how each of us are formed and shaped to create a unique person. It is only in darkness that light is able to come forth.
Self-Portrait June 19th: Charcoal on 9″ x 12″ Paper
Here is another quick self-portrait done last night… There are so many intricacies in the face to learn!
I am also happy to announce my upcoming show in July. If you near the Atlanta area, please stop in!
Initial Charcoal Drawing: I used a charcoal setting spray after I was done and allowed to dry for a few hours before starting the grisaille.
Grisaille on Day 2: Used mars black, titanium white, and zinc white over the drawing focusing on bringing out form through values.
Day 3 and 4: I add an initial layer of color, “dead stage” using greens and pinks to mimic the under-layer of the skin. I then add the true colors and add texture as desired. The end part is always done intuitively, and I go at it freely without much thought. I am still not at this stage yet. I was inspired by one of my favorite artists, Censar Santos, to synchronize two forms of art, Realism and Expressionism. I have begun doing this with all of my works. I used a palette knife to create textures. I wanted a semi-classical look with a modern expression. I will continue to bring out the form in the figure, linen, as well as the hands. Will post final results soon.