this coming weekend i'll be doing 
a "portrait painting bootcamp" 
with artist Dee Donaldson

she requests that we take our own photographs 
for reference, 
if possible of someone we don't know at all 
at least not well. 

i decided to work with this photograph.
this is Stan, a gentle homeless man 
who lives around this area

Dee also requested that we do a charcoal 
underpainting in preparation for the course
on a big canvas, 
mine is 80cm by 100cm.

this is my sketch ready for saturday,
Stan looks a little rounder than in real life.

it might just be me trying to ease his circumstances...

we will be working on that one painting for 3 full days
and i can feel i'm going to be pushed way out of my comfort zone...
can't wait

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