Self-portrait in charcoal

Charcoal self-portrait – semi-blind drawing, 320 x 280 mm, 2011.

I learnt to draw the Danny Gregory way — slowly and deliberately with a pen. No pencil. No eraser. Mediums like graphite and charcoal really throw me now. This preliminary sketch is a semi-blind drawing (that’s where you spend most of your time looking at the subject, NOT the paper).

Charcoal self-portrait – charcoal on paper, 380 x 280 mm, 2011.

Charcoal self-portrait – charcoal on paper, 380 x 280 mm, 2011.

I persevered with the exercise and ended up with a self-portrait that I quite like. It is based on a photo of me when I was a young ballerina.

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