The weather intervened today. The light drizzle made us abandon plans to visit a local National Trust property. The prospect of spending a whole day working wet in wet didn’t seem the best way to advance our technique.
David - Drawing
Charles begins his portraits with a faint outline that represents the general shape of the head but makes no attempt at an accurate outline. He then, by a series of dots begins to map the main features, starting with elements like the eye socket or nose. Each mark he makes relates to a previous mark and as the marks increase the number of points for cross-reference grows.
Once he has sufficient points of reference he begins drawing and as he draws one feature he finds another closely related feature to move on to, for example the nose bridge to the eye corner. His pencil strokes go Press, Lift, Stop. This emphasises the relationship between the two related points as well as leaving lines that are not too heavy.
David - Photograph
David - First strokes
Before paint gets on to paper he advises squinting to determine the highlighted areas. Those familiar with his work will know that highlights are often created by leaving white paper, one of the distinctive characteristics of his practice.
David - Development