11" x 14" conte crayon/pencil
I have just finished this beautiful portrait of a lovely young woman from Africa, with her traditional headdress on. I did this portrait in conte crayon and pencil because I wanted to practice with this medium, as I am enrolled in Susan Lyon's workshop in September, and she works with this medium. It is not the easiest to work with, but I am pleased with the results. It really is all about value - although it is difficult to get some areas as dark as I would like, working only in the one color. This is Sanguine, and I love how warm and glowing it appears! I think I'll need to do a few more practice pieces before I feel prepared to be in this small class with such an amazing portraiture teacher!