12 Dec 2020

12 Charcoal Drawings and a Video


Portraits that remind me of a sculpture technique, rather than a charcoal drawing one. More below.

US based Kisoo Chai is the artist that created these lovely drawings and the video on this page.

To better explain my sculpture reference, I have added a video of the first portrait.

When you look at it you will see that Chai, first blocks the shape of the head and hair. Then proceeds to the face and the features within it; nose, eyes and mouth.

At first it almost looks like someone is messing around, but there is a tuning point, just wait for it. Once the main components are in place, Chai begins removing part of the charcoal and refining the shapes.

The drawing at the end has all of the features and proportions you would expect in a portrait; but also a subtle organic kind of shading, that is the remnant of the original blocking.

Have a look at the video to see what I mean; plus the impressive transformation and reveal.

Ps. I gave the images some titles.

For more of Chai's work here on DesignStack, press this LINK. Charcoal drawing that you want to draw, #15

A look that appears from charcoal.
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Sporting a cool hairstyle.
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Young and all your life ahead of you.
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The hardest looking have, sometimes, the softest souls.
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A determined look ready for anything.
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Taking time to choose the perfect gift.
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The second before he bursts out laughing.
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The start of a lovely smile.
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Enjoying life after decades spent working hard.
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A look at the future.
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A second take.
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A sweet smile to end the page.
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