Traditional Pen & Ink: portrait

December 9, 2011

My pen-and-ink teacher is moving me through the genres! I’ve not tackled a portrait before and was taken by surprise today. With some advance warning, I would have done some practice based on Albert Durer prints, for starters. Never mind! I jumped at the chance to have a go at this on the basis of recent work on the skull and my memories of a FABULOUS portrait of a bearded old-timer in the South Australian Art Gallery by George Lambert.

Having done this to death, I did a quick sketch in pen, continuous line with my left (non-dominant) hand and came up with a much better result:

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