New drawing in the works

I have recently been working on a drawing depicting the scene in which the Biblical prophet Isaiah enters the throne room of God, sees His majesty and declares himself and his people unworthy.      In this vision, a seraphim anoints Isaiah as a prophet with a hot coal from the alter of God.

Just reading these verses (Isaiah 6) was inspiring and has major graphic possibilities.  At this point, I’m rendering the drawing chunks at a time to give it the care and attention it deserves.

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Value Studies – Self Portrait

One thing I have been discovering as a painter is that I need to become more diligent in arranging my values during the drawing process. I have spent some time working on these types of value studies so when I do work on my paintings I don’t have to put so much effort into correcting things in oil, making the whole thing take longer than necessary. It is best to do this type of work from life or good photo reference.