Better late than never! I have been meaning to share a quick blog update on the sight-size charcoal studies I completed ahead of the LARA portrait workshop that I attended last year.

Below you can see a selection of three different studies that I completed all from life in the studio. Each of these studies could be used as a transfer drawing in preparation for a full colour oil painting.

After an initial unsuccessful attempt at drawing Carl I managed to create this one which was a much closer likeness.

Sight-size Charcoal Sketch - Carl

Carl – Charcoal on paper, 18” x 14”

Drawing from Life

I went on to complete the two studies shown below, again in charcoal on paper.

All three studies were completed from life in single 2-3 hour sittings in the studio. As briefly explained in my last blog post

Sight-size is a method of painting (or drawing) whereby the artist makes most observations of the sitter from a distance, allowing both the model and painting to be observed side-by-side.

I’ll share some examples of oil colour studies soon that help show my progression with the sight-size technique.


Sight-size Charcoal Sketch - Joyce

Joyce – Charcoal on paper, 18” x 14”


Sight-size Charcoal Sketch - Mick

Mick – Charcoal on paper, 18” x 14”