Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Not too sure about the hair....

Given my apparent propensity for drawing manjaws on many of my portrait subjects (whether they deserve them or not) I thought it was time to sketch a manjaw on a real, live man. But then Handsome left for his home-away-from-home job, taking his sturdy jaw and dimpled chin, so I once again turned to the vintage photo archive.

There was no name on the back of this handsome fella's photo.

Label your photos!

It's not very noticeable, but I did use my fingertips to smudge the chalks on this portrait. I don't think it's either an improvement over the not-smudged technique used on the Chalk Baby, or that the smoother look is a detraction. It's just slightly different. I'll continue to experiment with both.


  1. I like it! Especially his pince-nez.

  2. Men should re-think their eyewear, and forget about Hipster Hornrims...pince-nez is where it's at.

  3. Very good portrait study!

    If you are open to experimentation and budget permits, consider trying Lyra Rembrandt or Faber-Caster Polychromos oil based pencils on toned paper.

  4. Thanks, Brian! I am ALWAYS eager to experiment. And although perusing the aisles in art supply stores is one of my favorite pastimes, I'm not familiar with oil based pencils. I will certainly check them out.

  5. Very nice tonal portrait study, Suzy. I agree with Brian about the pencils. Try a few and see what you think.