I’ve been working hard on improving my portrait drawings and finding out what is my preferred paper and preferred medium. After making a long list of all the different surfaces and all the different mediums I like to work with and practising over and over I finally settled with charcoal on Strathmore toned grey paper. A real bonus happened when Strathmore released a toned grey mixed media paper which is exactly the same tone grey and surface but a thicker version. This is a great bonus as I did have a concern that the original toned paper was a bit on the thin side.
Here a few of the recent portraits I have confidently completed in this style…..
As you can see it really has become a big step forward. My portraits are becoming quicker and more relaxed. I intend to do portrait sittings and try to work on my life drawing skills, but continue to work from photographs in the meantime. If you are interested in commissioning a portrait from me, they are all 11 x 14″ on toned grey Strathmore mixed media paper and cost £120 + shipping. They will be shipped flat in an all board envelope for you to frame.
For further details you can visit my website and read my commission page here