Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Interim work

I've been putting graphite to bristol board steadily since my last osprey posting in an attempt to get this commission portrait complete. At 16"x20" there is A LOT of graphite to layer in. With the navy blue of the U.S. flag behind this Soldier in his dress uniform which is a very dark green I've been challenged to get all these darks up to proper value. There is still important work to be done on the facial features but the tedious part of the job is done.
I am eager to return to my normal charcoal style that is free and loose by comparison. Photo-realism has it's place but I'd rather not be the one doing it. I am proud to be asked to create these important drawings of our Soldiers so I am more than willing to do what is required to complete them in an accurate fashion.