Superman: Even Better

I always keep my latest work out so I can look at it throughout the day. Because of this I had to adjust the drawing more.

It just didn’t look like Christopher Reeve again. There was something wrong with it and I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what. I spent the first 40 minutes of my session today analyzing my drawing against the photo in minute detail. Through this I was able to find my slight problems and fix them.

I then spent the next 2+ hours working on this graphite drawing.

But the more I worked on it the more I didn’t like that I was just reproducing the image almost exactly in graphite. I wanted something more dynamic. Something with some energy and I want it to be in charcoal also. So… I started another one.

In order to keep the likeness perfect I traced my previous drawing and transferred it to a new sheet of paper then began pretty loose in charcoal. I like this one a lot better but it still doesn’t have what I want. I need to figure out the best way to render these drawings with energy and force while at the same time keeping the likeness. I still have a bunch of work to do on superman. The first of many of these types of drawings.

What went well?

This is the best likeness of Christopher Reeve out of all the drawings.

What didn’t go so well?

I’m getting more detailed than I would like.

What did I learn?

I had to go through all the previous work to arrive where I am now. It is all a learning experience and I’m loving this journey!

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