Part 3 – Sketchbook 3 – Head and shoulders portraits

I am fortunate to have a wife who comes from a large family with many sisters, some of whom have made great sitters for me over the last couple of weeks in preparation of Exercise 5 ‘Head and shoulder portrait’.

I reckoned I needed more, much more, practice at drawing/painting portraits and so embarked on a series of nine sketches, trying out a different medium for each. The results are as follows:

Sisters 1 - charcoal sketch

Sisters 1 – charcoal sketch (click image to enlarge)

Sisters 2 - Pentel soft oil pastels

Sisters 2 – Pentel soft oil pastels (click image to enlarge)

Sisters 3 - Conte hard chalk pastels

Sisters 3 – Conte hard chalk pastels (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters 4 - Farrell & Gold hard oil pastels

Sisters 4 – Farrell & Gold hard oil pastels (click image to enlarge)

Sisters 5 - graphite pencils

Sisters 5 – graphite pencils (click image to enlarge)

Sisters 6 - Sennelier soft oil pastels

Sisters 6 – Sennelier soft oil pastels (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters 7 - Faber & Castell PITT indian ink pens

Sisters 7 – Faber & Castell PITT indian ink pens (click image to enlarge)

Sisters 8 - Derwent pastel pencils

Sisters 8 – Derwent pastel pencils (click on image to enlarge)

Sisters 9 - Sennelier soft oil pastels

Sisters 9 – Sennelier soft oil pastels (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Sisters' sketch wall

‘Sisters’ sketch wall (click image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am fairly happy with the sketches – I can certainly see the sisterly facial resemblances, and what’s more the sisters can see their likenesses showing through, some in parts. The fun and joy of life is evident and I think I have captured that quite well. I still find eyes in particular a challenge – they seem to turn out quite scary looking. And, smiling mouths are certainly harder to capture than closed lips.

Looking back to Exercise 2 and 3, I feel that the predominant style here remains linear and I plan to try for a more tonal approach in the study I choose for my head and shoulder portrait study.

Exercise 5 – head & shoulders portrait sketches ← click the link to download a .pdf version of this page

Stuart Brownlee – 512319

5th April, 2014