Charcoal and conte on paper
18" x 24"
Here is a portrait I did of the Italian actress Sophia Loren after a visit to Florence, Italy.
After studying the Masters in Italy, I created a chiaroscuro effect in this piece by using black and white chalk highlighted on brown prepared paper.
This soft style that I work in is reminiscent of Bernardino. I used techniques such as sfumato (allowing tones and colors to shade gradually into one another, producing softened outlines or hazy forms.
I also included atmospheric perspective in the background architecture as she gazes toward the viewer in this portrait.