Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Portrait study in charcoal and white pastel pencil

It had been long since I last did a portrait study. So in between my tree sketchings and 
water colour paintings I took out little time to dedicate to my "Portrait Study" . Creating a
portrait is more challenging than any other subject. It is like bring a drawing to life. 

I enjoy doing trees, landscapes and seascapes but do not want to give up on doing portraits. 
This is one of the most important resolutions that I have made to myself this year. To create 
portraits and later to get into figure study as well. 

Charcoal and white pastel pencil portrait on Canson paper, By Manju Panchal

Portrait study
Charcoal and white pastel on Canson Mi Teintes paper
Size 6" X 6.5"

Sketching and drawing plays a very important role in any artist's life. 
I recently came across this write up
COURTESY : www.pencils.com 
( It is exactly how I feel about drawing and sketching. )

Drawing Lessons: The Importance of Sketching

Sketching is the fundamental building block for an artist.  It is used to develop a personal visual vocabulary.  Sketches are visual exercises in problem solving and provides the opportunity to:
  • hone your observational skills
  • exercise and develop mark-making skills
  • encourage selectivity
  • experiment with new techniques and expressive possibilities
  • create compositions and various lighting effects
Sometimes sketches are indecipherable to anyone but the artist, nothing more than scribbles.  Other times, they can become a finished artwork.  But most of the time, sketches are just snippets of thoughts or an impression of an idea.   For an artist, sketching is the most uninhibited and free-est form of the creative process.  Sketching is an art form in itself and gives insight into the artist’s soul.  While sketchbook journals are often shared, they can also be kept personal like a diary.


  1. Beautiful work. You are truly talented.

  2. Thank you so much Saru. I am still learning and want to continue my art for as long as I can. I enjoy my work a lot.

  3. Its very preety images &helps me to do best pencil drawing