|Detail JD' eyes. In pencil: HB, 3B, 6B. Note the fine lines. I made them with my|
ruler matching us what was lined up with what.
I might have bitten off more than I can chew. For someone who has just decided that portraiture was my thing, jumping from head impressions to a full body painting, might be quite a stretch. The act of an egotistical maniac perhaps? Nevertheless, I'm pushing on with this. I can see the painting. It may take me some time to get there, but slow and steady.
|JD lightly penciled in with an HB|
|A portrait by Paul Calle, pencil work|
to aspire to.
Charcoal is a fast medium great for first impressions, pencil, not so. Slow and steady and calculated. Last night I concentrated on my grandson's eyes.
Paul Calle died in 2010 at 82. He workshiped Degas. Like Degas, He believed that the camera was a valuable tool even though early on in his career, other artists frowned on that. He called his multitude of photographs camera sketches. He took many pictures from many angles. He also transferred sketches using his own graphite carbon transfer sheet: completely blacken the entire surface of a piece of vellum using a number 4B pencil, (I used graphite sticks for this). When finished, dip a wad of cotton into rubber cement thinner and rub the entire surface. This step "removes excess graphite dust and leaves you with a fine, even graphite transfer sheet" to slip between the sketch and the final drawing surface. I've used this method many times. It's very handy. But mostly I do like polishing my free hand drawing skills.It's excellent eye/hand coordination and helps develop your own judgement. JD's head is being done free hand.