Monday, April 8, 2013

Sketching mischievous grins

Another portrait: a woman in a shawl. I quite liked this woman's slightly mischievous expression. I think sketching a mischievous smile involves sketching pursed lips, the cheeks raised, and the eyebrows raised but also tensed together (the muscles on the forehead tightened), so the eyes are not quite as pushed closed as in a grin. Charcoal on $2 shop paper. I had some trouble with my charcoal pencil again, leaving scratches in the paper but no charcoal.Although, I think I might have figured this out: it is a 2B charcoal pencil. I thought charcoal was charcoal.

Castlepoint, North Island, New Zealand

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