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Portrait of a Girl

This is showing the progress in a portrait from start to finish.  I used an 18” x 24” piece of grey charcoal paper to start.  This is so helpful because all the middle tones are already there in the color of the paper.  Then I blocked in the outline of the girl and placed her where I wanted her on the paper.  Next I used a very soft vine charcoal to block in the shadow areas of the face, hair and dress.  Vine charcoal is extra soft and easy to “erase” if you make a mistake.  Necessary in charcoal because once you block in with the darker charcoal there is little possibility of changing errors.  After I’m happy with the vine charcoal shadows, I go to the darker charcoal starting with HB to block in soft hairs and under the neck etc.  Also this is the time I use a little white charcoal to see my highlights.  This is only the beginning.  When I place the dark background in you can see it makes the face and everything else appear lighter.  Now I can put more darks on the face without fear of getting too dark.  The last steps are refining the shadow shapes to turn the form the way I want.

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