Thursday, April 17, 2014

Darkening Portrait with 9b Wood Case Pencil ~ Anne Hatheway

 I decided to keep fiddling with this project.  The nice thing about not being in the middle of a consignment is the lack of fear to go out on a limb.  The 9b wood case pencil was used heavily in the hair to bring in some harsh contrast.  The free handed style seems to give the hair a more natural appearance; even though, the overall flow is similar to the photograph.  The composition still has a ways to go but here is the progress.


The facial features were darkened with a lighter application of 9b, since there is very subtle shading in that area.  Hopefully, I will wrap this study up over the weekend.  :)

1 comment:

Katherine Thomas said...

It looks wonderful. But I think I have the opposite mindset when I have a commission... I'm afraid to take risks with my technique, for fear I'll make a mistake. So my commission pieces sometimes appear too contrived and stilted, if you know what I mean. They don't fully express who I am. I admire you for putting your 'all' into these pieces!