I just love doing this value study of William Merritt Chase’s “Portrait of a Woman”. It supposed to be a preliminary sketch for an oil painting value study that turned into a full charcoal value study. The support is for oil, not charcoal, and therefore it was challenge getting the values just right. It was difficult laying my darkest darks as there was little tooth to the surface. There was something haunting about this peace, however it could be the music I was listening too whiles drawing: Wars of Faith by Audiomachine. Anyway, it was a great study and I think I will do another one from this artist again. Hopefully, I won’t get carried away again in charcoal.