Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sketchbook Portrait

watercolor, graphite, & charcoal

I didn't finish the persimmon, but almost, so I decided to post the face that I did this morning.I have to say the Andrew Loomis book has made a enormous difference in my approach to tackling heads.  Periodically I'll find a book that has similar instructions but for whatever reason, Loomis's descriptions and methods work for me.  I have lots of sketches of faces and seldom did they look like my references until now and with little struggle.  It's so much fun.  The book I'm looking at is one of those Walter Foster  how to books titled: Drawing the Head by Andrew Loomis.  I found it at a thrift store. It's from the 70's but first published in 1943.


  1. Your portraits of Peck and Twain remind me a lot of the illustrations Roald Dahl did for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

  2. I'm so curious, we have several Roald Dahl books except Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! I'll have to find a copy and check out his drawings.