Max used vine charcoal (made from willow twigs) for portraits of two LAS members. Thank you to our sitters, Jane and Tony.
Max achieved a subtlety of tone that I hadn't realised was possible in charcoal - all achieve with just three methods: pressure of application, blending with the finger and erasing with a plastic eraser.
For more information about Max's art and the workshops he runs, visit his website http://www.maxhaleart.co.uk
The pictures that follow show progress with both portraits. Artist and photographer had a different viewpoints of the sitters.
|Jane fixes her eye on a reference point so she can return to the pose after rest breaks|
|After a quick outlining of the shape of the head, Max begins to add some values|
|More value added behind the head|
|Values and highlights beginning to shape the hair|
|Notice the values on the shady side of the face|
|Gradually taking shape|
|You don't need to draw hairs|
|Beginning to define the mouth. "That's how we recognise people."|
|Small images at top right show a line through brow and filtrum so you can assess how much nose and chin protrude|
|The arm of the specs gives the ear position|
|Specs only need to be indicated|
|erasing some values behind the head suggest three dimensionality|