In between treks to the Circle K to get Mountain Dew for our sensei and wiping the sweat off his brow as he completes his latest human skin masterpiece, Dave and I have a lot of time on our hands to work on our own artwork. I've just started a portrait of Joshua's wife, Nichole. She's kind of like a walking portfolio of some of his best work.
The awesome thing about white chalk and charcoal on grey paper is that A) everything goes so much faster so you have time to do other more important things like check your facebook news feed, B) it forces you to simplify your half-tones, and C) as an added bonus it turns everyone into the Tin Man.
I managed to finish this drawing today after scarfing down a trusty bacon doughnut to jettison me over the finish line. Here's a close up.
For the people who read this blog to glean strategies to apply to their own work ("They're doing what?"), here is an in-progress shot of the face after the features were placed in with vine charcoal and before I committed to them with General's pencil charcoal. Vine charcoal is a great way to ensure that you can completely erase your erroneous tracks and pretend to be a virtuoso by presenting a very fresh and clean looking finished drawing.