“Big Jake” – John Wayne portrait in charcoal

Plain and simple post today, folks. Just going to show two photographs of my recent John Wayne portrait, starting with the simple outline photo then onto the finished result. Hope you enjoy the final piece.

I’ve been focusing more and more on rendering the outlines of my drawings with a soft vine charcoal. This allows me to easily erase and/or blend away the lines, as opposed to erasing graphite, which I used to use for such a thing. I’ve also focus more on drawing from sight-size versus measuring anything, as this trains the eyes to be more accurate as one continues to practice.


MATERIALS USED:ย Fabriano Aritistico hotpress water-color paper 140 lb (300 gsm); Nitram and Generals charcoals; kneaded eraser; soft brush; blending stump.

FINAL RESULT (quick! Do you know the scene?)



6 thoughts on ““Big Jake” – John Wayne portrait in charcoal

  1. Once again, Mark knocks it out of the park. The stitching in the clothing, the hair, the wrinkles of the skin are so realistic it is hard to believe it is a drawing.

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    1. Thank You, kind sir! Glad you noticed the stitching. I know the photograph isn’t the best but in person, if you look carefully, you can see the independent little stitches I placed along the seams. Lots of work but makes it so much better ๐Ÿ™‚


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