Faces in charcoal

In the second half of the second course I attended, we focused on portraits. The first image we drew was Beethoven’s death mask.

Beethoven's death mask

We initially worked from the death mask image upside-down. This was a useful technique to force us to concentrate on studying the contrasts in the image, rather than relying on assumptions based on the subject matter. It is a technique that I’ve used in later drawings, not just of faces.

Here is another face, from an image of a sculpture:

And this is a copy of someone’s version of Jesus. Looks like Ross Noble.

Moving beyond faces, this is the hand and arm of a live model (a fellow student).

This is the first portrait I made of a live model:

This is a pastel drawing of someone else’s sketch of the previous lesson’s live model.


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