I have just completed the study for one of my next portraits.The size is 26×46″ the study is both charcoal and graphite on paper and the painting will be oil on board. I am very inspired by the image, especially the combination of a portrait and a still life element.
I do the studies to work out composition and to get familiar with the image. I don’t take the pieces to a very high degree of finish because it is not neccessary for these purposes but I do find them very helpful in becoming attuned to the energy of the portrait. Each time I do one though, I do think to myself how I must make the time to do more finished drawings as I absolutely love the feel of drawing.
Until the panel is ready to begin painting (my brother Jarvis at Jarvis Hall Fine Frames makes beautiful gessoed panels) I am working on the study for another portrait which is of a boy around the same age in an outdoor setting.
Thanks for your interest,