Female head profile and ear study


Last semester I took Head Drawing with William Maughan, a challenging, but rewarding course.   It was a privilege to learn from someone so talented and accomplished. We used his book, which I found to be a wonderful resource and I know I’ll be referring to it in future practice.

The drawing below was done as part of a unit on ears so I’ve included my ear practice drawings above. These are done primarily with a red/brown pastel pencil (stabilo carbothello) on toned paper. I used a titanium white pastel pencil for the highlights.



Cassie Color Study

CassieMy adorable niece Cassie

This is a color study that uses an analogous color scheme (colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel) of green, turquoise and primary blue. It was done by posterizing a photo in PhotoShop, printing out the line only version on Bristol paper and filling in the values with gouache. Gouache is a new medium for me, but I’m starting to like it even though it can be a bit temperamental. This was fun to do and a good way to study color that goes beyond making charts and scales, which can get quite repetitive.


My apologies for being way behind on my blog reading. I’ve been busy with assignments, but look forward to catching up with everyone!