Bold Portraits

I never seem to get it right on the first stroke. That’s why I use pencil and make my initial movements lightly.  I saw some simple line portraits the other day that were bold, direct contours of faces.  I tried that today during my 15 minute sketch time.

Sketch: Pencil - Bold Portraits

Bold Portraits
5.5″x8.5″ 138# Mix Media Paper

I wonder if the bold lines in those portraits that inspired me were spontaneous or carefully crafted and inked over light pencil scaffolding.

2 thoughts on “Bold Portraits

  1. I have the same situation, false starts, but I don’t want to redraw ( or re anything else if I’m telling the whole story!) and I’ve really been liking blind contour drawing for fresh lines and confident pictures- imperfections and all. Has taken me time to get to this. I like your drawing style and enjoy your exploration of finding and refining your vision.

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