Masters Portrait Assignment

For my head drawing class we chose a Master artist and recreated their work on 18 x 24 paper using a material of our choice.

For my project I chose artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The portrait is the head of Judith from Judith Beheading Holofernes which is on display at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica in Rome. I particularly like her expression of concern and disgust. Here is the portrait created by Caravaggio:

Here is my portrait, created with General’s charcoal pencils HB, 2B, and 4B:

As you can see from my portrait and the real thing, I elongated her face and need to fix the shadow on the right side of her head. Also the tilt of her face is not quite right. I am quite pleased with my progress and had a fun time working on this assignment. Our next Masters project is due in two weeks and I will post that one as well.

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