2 | Olivia Wilde

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Sketch-a-day 2014 – 1/2/14
Sketch time: 2 hours

I wanted to continue pushing portraits. Heavily inspired by ThePortraitArt on YouTube I pushed what I had learned further to try and create a likeness. Using the charcoal still felt clumsy and unnatural.

Materials used:

  • Hard charcoal pencil
  • Compressed charcoal
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Hard black eraser

Notes & observations:

  • Started thinking about proportions this time. I used my pencil as a rough guide to gauge eye width, height, spacing, and the shape of her head.
  • Still used my finger to blend but also picked up a hard black eraser which helped me with the highlights in the hair.
  • I was pleased. It’s a fairly accurate likeness, especially compared to my first sketch, although couldn’t quite understand the nuances that were off about it.

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1 | Victoria Beckham

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Sketch-a-day 2014 – 1/1/14
Sketch time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Humble beginnings. This was the first time I’ve ever used charcoal. Prior to this I’ve probably drawn (or attempted to draw) 3-4 portraits my entire life.

Materials used:

  • Hard charcoal pencil
  • Kneaded eraser

Notes & observations:

  • Most of this was figuring out how the charcoal pencil reacts to paper.  I blended with my finger and quickly found out a kneaded eraser will not remove dark areas.
  • I focused on drawing one feature at a time… overall head shape, eyes, nose, mouth, etc. I had no idea about proportions so I kept taking pictures of my progress and sending them to myself to compare in Photoshop.
  • When it was done I was pretty pleased. I knew it was busted, but it was close enough to the photo that I felt I had done it to the best of my ability.

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