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Old 03-01-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
Gerry D Gerry D is offline
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WIP charcoal study for oil portrait




Here is a backward WIP. I used Strathmore charcoal paper series 500 (the backside of the sheet). I love using toned papers, that way the paper color is the mid-tone. Then the charcoal is every shade darker than mid-tone and I use white charcoal for every tone lighter than the mid-tone. I used General's charcoal pencils hb and 4b. Vine charcoal and Faber Castell soft charcoal pencils for the soft lines. I used a #4 tortillion for a little bit of blending and a kneaded eraser for cleaning/blending and erasing. The white charcoal is also General's. On and off it took me about ten hours.
The line drawing was done using and hb charcoal pencil, I used a black and white photo and I did a lot of squinting to just get down the basic positive and negative shapes. Almost looking like a traced image. Half of the time was just doing the base drawing.
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Old 03-01-2009, 10:16 PM   #2
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What you've done is looking good, Gerry. Please continue to show us your progress.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:40 PM   #3
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Completed portrait study

I completed the charcoal study and I am currently working on the oil painting.
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