|"They arrested that grandmother for murder."|
"They arrested that grandmother for murder," Honey said.
"I thought they would," said I snapping away. Then I wondered if they'd arrest Honey when he did away with me for harassing him while he was eating? I snapped faster.
My poor guy couldn't even eat his breakfast and read his paper in peace. I wanted a photo of someone besides myself for my morning warm up. Honey was it--even though he never stopped chewing.
This charcoal is a lot more challenging than the last. Yes, he's got his mouth closed, but there's clothing and still life items to deal with--also overhead lighting, (I would have cut it off had I not thought the room going dark would be the last straw and I would be the next headline). I think it's important to get into these things for larger portraits of the candid and not so candid variety. So far, I have managed to mostly side step painting fabric and bric-a-brac,(really till still lifes). It's time to give those elements a serious look.
What makes charcoal so attractive is it's an easy additive and subtractive medium. I use my knead eraser as much as I use the vine charcoal. In this one, I also hunted down my chamois (for background areas) and a stub (for those areas too tiny to get into). I didn't finish the drawing, but initially, I didn't intend to. I was just loosening up my arm for the afternoon's session with mouths. After seeing the drawing here though, I will take another shot at it. Honey's arm and hands need work. Those can never be skipped over if people are your prime subject.