Art Practice: Portrait Sketch Challenge

I’m in awe! It’s so affirming to see this in practice. I love the way she describes what she’s thinking and what she learned.

Wander One Day

I’m always trying to improve my skills at drawing, painting, photography, music, you name it. So when one of my favorite art-related bloggers posed me a challenge, I had to accept.
Shelley Wilson, over at Shelley Wilson Art challenged me to take one of her black and white portrait photographs and identify the lines I could see, as she did in her recent post Drawing of Brooke – Phase I.

I started to draw the lines for the challenge, but ended up going much further. Once I had the lines drawn on the image, and then sketched onto a sheet of paper, it was an open invitation to fill the page. I limited myself to one hour, so that I forced myself to move on from one line to the next, from one shadow to another. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed by the amount of time required to…

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2 comments on “Art Practice: Portrait Sketch Challenge

  1. I hope it will be the first of many such rewarding experiences. It takes a lot of the trepidation out of drawing when you can have confidence in it.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I’m glad you challenged me to look at the lines in the face, it made a huge difference. Portraits have always been unattainable to me – never in a million years did I think I could sketch a face like this!

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