This week’s critique comes from artist Daisy Black. She has drawn this portrait in charcoal with the goal of making it look like the subject is coming out of the dark. I love the composition on this one and the drawing itself looks great!

I’ve got one tip that will make a huge difference on this piece. The great thing is that it wouldn’t take much time to do given all of the shadows are there already. Darken up your darks! One of the best things about charcoal is how black you can get your darks. Right now you’ve got the background dark but not the subject so the subject looks washed out. Look what a difference making your darks darker makes!