As the last post I did on my charcoal drawings has a bunch of pictures that can't be seen, I figure I'll make a new one and add some nice new pictures.
This was my first ever picture with charcoal.
Lauren Cohan as Maggie, The Walking Dead
My second picture was this one.
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes, The Walking Dead
Her eyes were so full of emotion in this one and it was set outside so there was little shading to do and I always loved the way this came out.
Fun fact: a friend gave a copy of this drawing to the actress at a convention. She had it displayed on her table for the rest of the convention (I have a photo of it somewhere...)
Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H
I often take pictures as I'm drawing as I find looking at a picture of what I've done is easier for me to see what stands out as right and wrong rather than looking at the actual picture.
On the left are the first four pictures, and on the right, the last four.
The finished version
Melissa McBride as Carol, The Walking Dead
Working on the shading of the face. This is before I'd done any blending.
The finished result
A close up of some facial detail
Norman Reedus as Daryl, The Walking Dead
Another example of the stages. The very basic outline in the first picture is just to give me enough idea where to work from. I then go over those basic outlines to give it a more solid look before working on the eyes as the first feature to get right.
Zachary Quinto as Spock, Star Trek
Edited stages version. So hard to get this one right as it's so heavily contrasted that features are simply 'lost' in the shadows.
Edited version. Sometimes editing the final picture gives it darkness or light you couldn't achieve in the picture.
Emily Kinney as Beth, The Walking Dead
Laurie Holden as Andrea, The Walking Dead
Finished version but was a little unhappy with the heavy shading I used on this one. Still hadn't got the hang of doing hair at this stage.
Another example of editing working better for the picture.
Sarah Wayne Callies.
The rough start. it looks so different from the finished version.
There are sometimes details I lose during the process. Her hair in this gets a lot bigger in the finished version.
Final version. I did this on a slight coloured paper, allowing the white of the eyes to really pop in contrast.
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.
Going through a different process as this was drawing on dark paper so everything was done in white and then I used the black to add a few more details.
Using dark paper again, this was an experiment using white pens as well as charcoal to really make the contrast pop.