In Day 2, Oliver demonstrated with a charcoal pencil.
Oliver is using the side of his charcoal pencil 2B.
Darker values with charcoal pencil, 4B or 6B.
10 minutes poses.
10 minutes demo on Strathmore paper
Block-in beginning with a charcoal pencil 2B. Paper is Strathmore Drawing 18 x 24 inches.
To create the texture of the beard Oliver draws with squiggly lines.
Oliver shows some of charcoal pencils on toned paper.
In the afternoon we worked on toned paper. But first we did some 10 minutes warm-ups on Strathmore drawing paper. The toned paper we use Canson Tientes. Oliver suggested used the smooth side for women and children’s portraits. The textured size best for men.
Beginning with a 2B charcoal pencil for block-in.
White is added sparely. Only used on highlights and never mixed in with the charcoal. The mid-tone paper does all the work.
I learned how to use white charcoal to create volumes in the model’s beard.
Spraying is not needed for charcoal pencils. Only for vine charcoal drawings.
I had been busy with portrait drawings commissions lately. Most of the commissions came from the St. James Holiday Bazaar Annual Sales. Exposure is good!
Commissioned drawing of a teenager, graphite and white charcoal, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee
Commissioned drawing of a young boy, graphite and white charcoal, 10 x 8 inches by Marlene Lee
These portraits were done with graphite and white charcoal on Strathmore Grey Toned Paper. They are sized 10 x 8 inches. Several photos were provided by the client with specific ones to based the drawings from.
Interested in getting a portrait like this done? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still marching onward with the pencil portraits on toned paper. I just finished the 5 x 8 Strathmore Toned Gray pad and moving on to the 9 x 12 pad. Both drawings are based on images I found in Pinterest. In the first image I’m thinking now more about composition, instead of just drawing the face. (by the way the date is wrong. It’s not 1/21/16 but 2/21/16)
Older Woman with Clear Eyes, 5 x 8 inches, pencil
Young Woman, 5 x 8 inches, pencil
Below are the materials I normally used for the drawings, mainly mechanical pencils: Graphlet 0.9 mm HB & 2B by Pentel, Turquoise by Primascolor with a thicker lead (I had this over 30 years ago) and General’s Charcoal White. I also use a 6B pencil when I need very darks. Otherwise I build up values with crosshatching.