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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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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