This portrait is an 18 x 24”charcoal drawing from a workshop I took this month in our area.
I used a modified version of the DMP drawing method picking out key points to measure from to get the proportions; however, I used the left eye as a unit of measure to go from one point to the other rather than a proportional divider.
It was drawn from life over several sessions, so I do not have a photo to use for comparison. However, everyone seemed to think it is a very good likeness. The light source was high on the ceiling and not very bright, hence the shadows on the face.
I was satisfied with it; however, the instructor suggested I push the darks and lights closer to what I actually saw to better define the features and structure of the face. The changes made it much closer to life (like Mark’s recent video on getting values right would predict). The class ended while I was still working.
Any thoughts on how I can improve it technically, or is it best to call it done? I was satisfied earlier, but I have to admit the instructor’s challenge to develop the darks and lights improved the drawing and helped me to see deeper into the features and structure.