Amanda
8.5 x 11 in.
Graphite on Paper.
Finally finished the Amanda portrait. I was having a difficult time trying to figure out the composition of the neck line and shoulders to fit to the page. 
My goal for this drawing was to create movement and develop the “turn” of the planes of both the face and the shapes of the hair. I always have a difficult time getting all of the plane surface information I want to capture without overly flattening the image. I have been trying to fully map out the structures of the face before i get involved with any surface details or tones.  Its a fine balancing act between structure of planes and the wonderful little surface details, such as the shadow cast on the checks from the glasses, and the highlights on the curls. 
It was a fun portrait, but I’m happy to be done.

Amanda

8.5 x 11 in.

Graphite on Paper.

Finally finished the Amanda portrait. I was having a difficult time trying to figure out the composition of the neck line and shoulders to fit to the page. 

My goal for this drawing was to create movement and develop the “turn” of the planes of both the face and the shapes of the hair. I always have a difficult time getting all of the plane surface information I want to capture without overly flattening the image. I have been trying to fully map out the structures of the face before i get involved with any surface details or tones.  Its a fine balancing act between structure of planes and the wonderful little surface details, such as the shadow cast on the checks from the glasses, and the highlights on the curls.

It was a fun portrait, but I’m happy to be done.

Amanda
8.5 x 11in.
Graphite on paper.
Not sure if this portrait is finished. I worked from life for a total of 5 hours, between two sessions. I would like to make a connection between her curls and her shoulders. The hair really wore me out, and i think i get overly paranoid trying to capture an absolute likeness instead of using the model to create a piece that I find interesting. This may be because of my close personal relationship with the model making it difficult for me to distance my self from the image.
If i work on it some more I will post more pictures.

Amanda

8.5 x 11in.

Graphite on paper.

Not sure if this portrait is finished. I worked from life for a total of 5 hours, between two sessions. I would like to make a connection between her curls and her shoulders. The hair really wore me out, and i think i get overly paranoid trying to capture an absolute likeness instead of using the model to create a piece that I find interesting. This may be because of my close personal relationship with the model making it difficult for me to distance my self from the image.

If i work on it some more I will post more pictures.