Portraits

This simple drawing by George Romney epitomises the elegance and simplicity of quick monochrome studies. Using ink and brush on brown paper he has captured this young lady's pose using only subtle variations of line. Apart from the background there is little shading. Form and texture have been given to this figure through differently applied pressures of his chosen medium. A super example of a free and quick study that can be achieved in almost any drawing medium.
A second artwork by George Romney. This again captures the figures pose using scant more than a few quickly drawn lines. Using graphite, very similar to charcoal (albeit of a much large gauge than we have used). We can see how a long flowing lines (achieved through the skills picked up from practising contour drawing) have given shape to the figure. With little tone or detail we can easily discern what Romney was seeing as he drew.
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