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Elusive Portraiture

"Smile from the Past", pencil on gray paper by Kerry McFall

“Smile from the Past”, pencil on gray paper by Kerry McFall

One of the suggestions from Sketchbook Skool was to experiment with tinted paper.  I’d done a few drawings before using white and dark pencil on colored backgrounds, and I like them, but hadn’t really understood the full potential.  I bought a new gray sketchbook, pulled up a photo from an acquaintance, and spent a delightful couple of hours playing and smudging and learning.  Just one little smick of white in the wrong place turns a sparkling eye into a zombie eye socket… but apart from that minor frustration, I’m still having way too much fun with my online class.  The more I learn, the more there is ahead still to learn… funny how that works.