Intermediate Art Project 4 Drawing Re-Do

As part of my personal growth in 2022, I am taking an intermediate drawing class at the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. The class is taught by Jeff Nesbit. After spending a couple of weeks drawing parts of a face, project four was to copy two statutes from a National Geographic magazine.

Bronze Ooni head, 12th-15th century, National Museum of Ife, Nigeria.
This is my first attempt at copying the Bronze Ooni head with charcoal in a Carson XL 9 by 12 mixed media sketchbook.

What went well? I like my shading and the contrast of the deep black, grey and white lines in the hair.

What would I do differently? The shape of the face is off. I would draw and shade the figure with vine before adding the cross-contour lines with a sharp charcoal pencil and white chalk for the highlights. I would spend a lot more than 20 minutes.

This is my second attempt at copying the Bronze Ooni head with charcoal in a Carson XL 9 by 12 mixed media sketchbook.

What went well? I shaded the face before I put the contour lines on. I used a sharp pointed soft charcoal pencil and a white charcoal stick to do the white contour lines. I like the super black background.

What would I do differently? The face shape and proportions are still off. I’d spend more time drawing. I would use something even whiter for the white contour lines.

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