Did you follow my advice over the weekend? Did you sketch and then savor the bits that worked out?
I couldn’t resist following up my post with a sketch that didn’t work (the likeness is off and the facial features are too elongated), but I love it.
I also don’t mind that it’s on a page spread in a Canson 180 sketchbook and the paper (which is not sized for wet media buckled—see the shadows cast by the bucled paper in the subject’s shirt.)
There are so many things I love in this sketch. I love the shadow color and value beneath the chin, moving down to his chest. I love the rich volume of hair I captured. I love that I was able to play with the variegation of color in that hair, and beard. I love that I kept my color choices in a close knit family for harmony that I could repeat in the variegated background.
Most of all I smile when I look at it and remember how much fun it was to sketch and discover all that.
And I love the wonderful buckle in the paper which makes a marvelous crackling noise as I turn the pages!
I hope you had a lot of fun this weekend as well.