This past week I took a much-needed break from my "Billiard Bitches" (as they have come to be affectionately known) and colored pencils and did a graphite piece, a portrait of my 'art' friend Brandy Perez (http://brandyperez.blogspot.com/) . Both she and her husband like my work and seemed pretty excited at the idea of me doing her portrait! She is quite a beautiful woman with a unique profile and HUGE eyes so it was fun to try and capture all that on paper!
Tech stuff: It's on a piece of 18x24" strathmore 64lb tinted charcoal paper, done with derwent 2H and HB pencils with white charcoal pencil for the highlights. I started it on Friday night, worked right through the weekend and finished it monday. It's a pretty good likeness I think, and I had fun designing the earring and playing with the hairstyle a bit, but that braid, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, that was tough!!!
Anyway, it's back to the "bitches" now . . .*sigh*
edit: I worked on this a bit last night, fixing some problems with the nose and overall profile that just bugged me too much to leave alone. This is an updated scan 2/23/09.