It’s been a while since I last attempted a proper painting or portrait. With Christmas coming up the time has come to give it another shot. That and I’ve actually received a request this time. I haven’t entirely decided yet whether I’m going to go for an actual painting or just a nicer, more polished, charcoal portrait. Time permitting I may try both and see which one I like better. Chances are though that I won’t get to that.
Either way, the first step for my actual planned portraits is always to do some rough studies. It helps me get a better idea of my subjects. So today’s portrait is the first of those. It doesn’t look much like the subject at all so I clearly have a ways to go yet on this. I’ll have to do a few more of these studies before I can start on an actual portrait.
I didn’t do so much doodling today. Rather, I did do quite a bit of doodling but it was all on scraps of paper as I was out canvasing for work. I did do one and a half ink sketches in my sketchbook though. They both had reference pictures which were chosen by one of my friends from work on our lunch break. I gave up on the Medusa one halfway through because I didn’t feel like drawing the rest of the snakes. I may yet finish it some day but at the time I didn’t actually even have a good surface or seat for drawing and I wanted to actually eat my lunch before the break was over. So one and a half sketches it is.