Tuesday, May 20, 2014


A fantastic copyist I am not. (My motivation and patience are both limited, although I see the value of the exercises.) My favorite part is making the first strokes of charcoal on the blank paper. My second-favorite part is seeing the face begin to emerge.

Photographing the various stages helps me see what was going on. I had the jawline wrong right from the beginning. 

But at a certain point I just say "Good enough" and call it quits. For this exercise, like the Lincoln, we used only two values, dark and light. The next step will be adding a midtone.

I loved being able to work on the sunny front porch for the first time this season!

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