I received an awesome 24-piece tin of Derwent charcoal pencils from my family for my birthday. [One of those things I'd always coveted, but could never justify buying.] So since I've never done a charcoal portrait (kind of hard to do one, if you don't have charcoal...), I thought I'd try it for once.
The subject is Damon Albarn of Blur, whose songs I had listened to throughout my years in school, and the title is derived from Fools' Day, the first song they'd recorded together after their split. Guess I was feeling nostalgic? The first time I heard the song, it was strange how touchingly, mundanely, grown-up the lyrics were - until I realised that over seven years had passed, and people had grown up or grown old(er). Just one of those things you never quite notice for a long time until it suddenly hits you. LOL.
Derwent tinted charcoal pencils
-- burnt embers
-- ocean deep
-- mountain blue
Drawn in my A4 Monologue Soft Sketch Book.
5.6" x 8.6"
Notice the smudges around the edges! I'd have cleaned it up, but.... nah. I'm ok with people seeing how horribly messy I am.