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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Life Drawing - Self Portrait #4 Completed

Self Portrait Study from Life
11x15" Graphite & Charcoal on Paper

Well this is as far as I am going to go on this one. I could keep going for at least several more hours but I am forcing myself to stop as it is just a study, it appears I am very stubborn ;)  I am quite happy with the way the toned paper works with the graphite layers and will definitely be playing with toned paper a lot more!

I was not able to try the charcoal until near the end as the charcoal I had on hand seemed to waxy so I ran out and got some other stuff that seems to work much better so I am excited to try mixing from the beginning for the next portrait.

So other than the proportions being off I am pretty happy with this one and am looking forward to the next study :)

Glittery Texture
 I thought I would include a few closeups of the texture as well.  The first image hopefully shows the gold glittery texture (why is it the older I get the more I like shiny stuff?).  It is quite subtly and may not show well online but looks quite cool in real life.  I really like how it peeks through in areas of the portrait as well.
Untoned Paper Texture
The second image shows where areas of the paper were left untoned which I also REALLY like.  I think the paper texture is the main reason I spent so much time on the shaping of the portrait.  I wish I had spent more time on the proportions...sigh.  Live & learn right?

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