Michael Britton, Verna, 2008, Sanguine Conte on Paper
The impetus of my teaching is to train you from beginner to a very advanced level by instilling in you a technically sound practice of drawing.
The arabesque, when you know how to do it, takes less than 10 seconds. And within the arabesque is found both the likeness and spirit of the portrait.
You should always work from general to specific. In portrait drawing that means beginning with the outside shape of the head and working inwards.
Sanguine conte is my favorite drawing medium and I prefer to use it with a painterly approach. Mine is an additive/subtractive process of building tone and this is a procedure that I demonstrate comprehensively in my workshops.