16 May 2023

Painted and Drawn Charcoal Portraits

An impressive technique which adds movement to the faces.

American Artist Francesco (Frank) Lombardo mostly creates art using oil paints. For this post though, I have chosen his charcoal drawing/painting.

On his Instagram page, he shows the entire process which goes from the production of the charcoal, to then end with the finished portrait.

Lombardo harnesses gravity to add that flowing feeling and look to the completed piece. The application is executed using a paintbrush then the details are sometimes carved into the charcoal, using erasers.

The artist speaks of how he tries not to overwork his portraits, preferring to leave them at a more sketch like drawing stage. This allows them to maintain a more spontaneous look.

Fantastic expressions rap up the process and the magnificent likenesses on this page. Now a chance for you to see how my words relate to this very capable artist's work...

Ps. I gave the images some titles.
Double exposure.
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Being raised.
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A puzzled look.
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In touch with life and death.
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Raising a question.
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A subtle touch.
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Gradually taking shape.
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Looking up in hope.
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A scared frozen gaze.
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A weathered statue.
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A smile taking form above the finger.
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