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Monday, March 21, 2016

Commissioned Dancer Drawing

This drawing was a commission for a dear friend. The challenge was to create an artwork featuring her two dancer daughters that was not a smiley, traditional portrait. This bird's-eye view made it necessary to add enough detail to their bodies so that the viewer would recognize the girls without seeing their faces.

The client was also interested in showing the mirror in the background. To keep the mirror image from distracting from the focal point, I kept the values close together; the lights and darks are not as contrasting as the lights and darks of the figures in the foreground. I also kept the edges of the mirror image less sharp and defined.

This is one of my favorite commissions.

The Sisters, 26 x 20, charcoal on paper

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