Sketching Scarlett

I’ve been working a bit on my sketching, especially with portraits as they’re quite interesting, my latest work was of a portrait of Scarlett Johansson. This was the finished sketch:

The hardest bit I found with this is the charcoal pencils, the fine detail with them seems hard to achieve and I’m wondering if I might be better off with a really soft graphite, for this scale at least. The progress pictures are here. It shows how the line drawing (which is fairly quick) gets more and more detailed until the end result is achieved.

What do you think? Any tips or advice on making it better?

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My name is Simon I'm an engineer, creator, free thinker and occasionally writer. For far too long I had ideas and nowhere to put them for the world to see, that's why Planet Simon was created. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas. I'm not the person I used to be and over time I have evolved and the blog is evolving with me. Whatever this blog is in the future it's a place where all are welcome and ideas can roam free to find their magical place in the universe. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas.

15 thoughts on “Sketching Scarlett

  1. I don’t really like working with charcoal for exactly the reason you mention: it’s really hard to do fine details. I’m impressed you were able to get as much detail in as you did. I wouldn’t have been able to do that.

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