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: Memorial Piece

Big Secz
08-03-2011, 07:30 PM
This was my first time doing a memorial piece for someone. I was nervous aobut it as the quality was going to have to be better than my previous work. Since this would be something the family would see all the time and trigger memories of that loved one I wanted to be sure it was a spot on as I my ability would allow.

All-in-all I'm really happy with the final product.

08-04-2011, 11:09 AM
That looks great! You can achieve much more detail and realism than I can in charcoal. I know what you mean about doing such a sensitive subject. I was asked to do a drawing of a little girl in our area who was diagnosed with cancer early this year. It was the most nerve-wracking piece I've done!

08-04-2011, 12:46 PM
Thants a wonderful tribute for the family! great job! I notice you use charcoal white. Ive used it on occasion also.

08-04-2011, 03:18 PM
It is truly a wonderful piece that will be treasured.

Big Secz
08-04-2011, 06:03 PM
Thank you all for the comments. The family is not aware yet of the portrait yet. It was a good friend of mine that contacted me and asked if I could do the portrait. The gentleman and his family were good friends of her's. He was killed in a fatal accident while heading to the Outerbanks on vacation last week.


I use white charcoal in every one of my portraits. It isn't that noticeable on the paper but when light hits the portrait it works great in adding that extra "pop" to the highlights.

But here's the key to using white charcoal. You have to be sure you are done. There is no going back once you use the white charcoal. Once black charcoal hits it it gets muddy. So this is always the last step. Also it helps to use an eraser and remove some of the black before going over it in the white. Again so it doesn't look dirty or muddy.

08-06-2011, 11:37 AM
Very nicely done Big! :D