I thought I would post my most recent drawing with a few progression photos so you could see my process.
I am still learning how to draw and paint portraits and figures, and although I still have a long way to go, I was actually happy with this charcoal drawing because I feel it looks like the sitter.
Here is the initial stage:
After I got the placement and angle of the face (which was quite tricky!), I began to rough in the shoulders and body, which you can see in the next shot...
At this stage, I felt as though she was 'floating' or lost in the space of the paper, so I added some darks to the background...
Finally, I go in and finish any area I think needs work, still trying to maintain a sense of loosenss and softness.
Here is the finished drawing. Feel free to leave any questions or comments!!