Last week I had started a portrait in an open studio session I attended in order to get some time practicing for the Charlotte Arnold workshop I am taking on Tuesdays. At right is the finished piece. I am satisfied with it as a finished drawing, even though I didn’t capture the model’s exquisite beauty. There was much about this drawing that felt very new while I was working it, the fine dreadlocks in particular.
This week our instructor asked us to pick a drawing from a book and try to draw it exactly the way the artist had, using the same media. I picked a drawing by Nicholai Fechin. I am not very comfortable with charcoal, his medium for this drawing — left to my own choice, I would have used a pencil. The drawing I am posting, is my third try. The original copy from the book is on the left, and my copy is on the right.