Jessica Russo Scherr


Color Portrait on Black Paper

Using colored pencils on black charcoal paper, draw a portrait from life or a photo, either of yourself, a friend, or a family member.


Arrange the lighting so that part of the face is in light and part is in shadow.


Start with a very faint pencil sketch of the contours and the plane breaks of the face.


Draw the background first in dark tones of browns, blues, and/or greens, but only lightly so that much of the black background shows through.


Soften the edges of the shapes in the background so that it seems out of focus and distant.


Then draw the face. The colors for the flesh tones should include yellow, orange, red, and white for the light side of the face, and brown, burnt sienna, and any cool colors for the shadows.


Relate the face to the background by adjusting each until it looks right.


The drawing should, above all, suggest a strong presence of light and, if possible, express a feeling that is true to the person being portrayed.

Homework Policy

All homework is due at the START of class on the due date posted on the website.

LATE homework  is homework that is turned in at the end of the class that it is due or the next art class = 1 grade lower

Homework turned in later then the following art class = ZERO

Homeworks are explained in class and Internet connectivity is not an excuse for not completing homework.  The website is to aid you in your homework.

If you put in effort into a homework but it did not come out as you expected or you misunderstood the assignment:  You may redo it for a better grade within one week.

Absent:  You are responsible to find out what assignments you missed while absent. Generally 1 day will be given for each day missed to make up assignments. Write ABSENT next to your name on the back of the assignment.



How to earn a good grade on your homework

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Follow the instructions for each homework.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.


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