New Portrait Drawing

This week, I've been working on finishing portrait drawings for clients who need them before Christmas. Here is the wedding portrait of a newly married couple. This one is obviously from a photo taken at the ceremony.

Working from photos creates some unique challenges. For example, the only directional light in this beautiful, professional photo is on the side. If I had used charcoal or graphite, their faces would be mostly dark and in shadow. So, this image lent itself better to terra cotta and white on hand toned paper ot keep a warm look in the shadows. I exaggerated the reflected lights - and the image looks a lot softer and clearer in person than it will in the photos I take of it.

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