This lesson Lillie had to draw a charcoal self portrait. Charcoal is a tricky medium to use because detail is fairly hard to achieve. Lil did lots of preparatory work and created a lovely self portrait. She received 95% for the lesson, along with lots of ideas for her to try out. The self portrait was based on the self-portrait photo she took for her last lesson. As always I will let her note book do the talking. If you click on the photos they should come up bigger.
Charcoal Self Portrait
Lillie began by studying her self portrait photos she had taken in her last lesson:
She did a blind contour drawing, a continuous contour drawing and a cross-contour drawing as preparation for her final sketch:
Next she did lots of sketches of facial features:
And finally creating her charcoal self portrait:
She didn’t get the proportions spot on but she was really pleased by how it came out and just how far she has come in just seven lessons.
Artist Study: John Stezaker
Next she did a quick artist study, although this time it was a photographer study, John Stezaker. She chose him because his ‘Marriage Series’, ‘She Series’ and ‘He Series’ where he took two photos of two different people, cut them in half and stuck them together.
And created some of her own Stezaker inspired art, using photos of herself and her twin. She called these her ‘Twin Series’:
They were not quite as striking as Stezaker’s on account of them looking so similar:
It was a fun study though, especially given how much she enjoys photography.
Next lesson is all about colour theory, the colour wheel and I believe she also needs to draw a bowl of fruit using coloured pencils or pastels.
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