Portrait of Tammy
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 20 x 25 cm (8″ x 10″)
Faith and I have been neglecting this blog for sometime now. To start things rolling again, here’s a pencil portrait I did for Karin Jurick’s Different Strokes from Different Folks Year End Portrait Swap. The terms of the portrait swap was simple: participating artists sent pictures of themselves and, in turn, Ms. Jurick gave each artist a photo of another artist to draw or paint.
Here’s a little behind the scenes look at the drawing I did of her. Before, I would usually take my time rendering a part of the face or skin with a pencil. This time, I used a flat brush dipped in a little graphite powder to lay down the first or basic layers of skin tone. Then, with the 2H Staedtler wood cased pencil, I laid down the second layer by making a chain of continuous diagonal strokes instead of the usual circular strokes. I blended it all together with a small piece of toilet paper. I hope you like it.