Working with charcoal

In the past I had only used charcoal for very quick sketches at life drawing classes, but over the summer I started using it for portraits. I became totally hooked on it, trying to find out all it can do. Putting on, lifting off, broad strokes and tiny marks. I enjoyed drawing this portrait of AJ because of the strong light and shade, the contrasting textures in his coat and hair, and his thoughtful pose.

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