Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sketch of Sandra - original charcoal portrait drawing

 
I think vine charcoal is ideal for portraits - it has such a soft look, but it can also make a sharp line.  This model was done fairly quickly, as I was going to also paint her and I had only so much time to do both.  Although I like to paint, drawings are my favorite.  Every time I attend a master painter's show at a museum, his/her drawings attract me first.  Often, I will spend most of my time with the drawngs and only a few minutes with their paintings.  Drawings are like fingerprints to me - that's how I sort of "know" the artist.   This is vine charcoal on 14 x 11" Strathmore drawing paper.
 When I was very young and people came to visit my parents, I always asked them to draw a picture for me.  That seemed so natural to me, but to people who don't draw, it must have been like being asked to sit down and play the piano.  One time, my mother said that a friend - I suppose someone that she and my father hadn't seen in a long time or that they didn't know well - was coming and I was NOT to ask him to draw a picture for me.  The guest arrived and settled down in his chair and I simply climbed up in his lap with a paper and pencil and asked him to draw a picture.  I remember that I was careful to face away from my parents when this was taking place. They must not have been too pleased, although I don't remember any comments after their guest departed.  I didn't mind very well, did I?  But I did get my drawing.  Sold

4 comments:

Lucy Chen said...

This drawing is very expressive, Connie. I really like it. And your artist gene was so obvious from an early age, as you get to know people from their drawings. I wonder if you understand me somehow from my drawings.

Connie said...

Thank you, Lucy - so nice of you to visit my blog! Yes, I do feel that I know you a bit better from your drawings. Sounds crazy, probably, but I think it works like sort of an ice-breaker or get-acquainted thing. I better stop or they'll be coming for me soon!

hmuxo said...

This portrait of Sandra is fantastic..beautifully painted, Connie. Your work with Charcoal is wonderful!!

Connie said...

Thank you, Hilda - such a nice comment - I really appreciate your stopping by!