I just did this drawing today, starting at home this morning and continued at a local Walmart while my wife was shopping for groceries. I was out in the car with a drawing book, brush and charcoal(s).
I really enjoyed drawing this picture. Mainly because it was a pretty picture of Ronda Rousey, but also I got to test out different charcoal colors. The total time on the portait was bout an hour including the home time.
I like to use a pant brush when I work with Graphite and Charcoal. I find it more gentil than using a blending stump. Blending stumps and hard paper products like that, seem to be very abrasive and will flatting and damage the tooth surface of the paper. They diffidently have their place. I do use them from time to time.
I would like to say, I know Bob Ross likes to paint happy clouds. I like to draw happy Ronda Rousy’s 🙂
I know this portrait may not look 100% like her, but I had fun making it anyway. I’m not an expert, but I like to draw and have fun.
What can I say, this Mix Martial Arts female champion has captured my attention. She is as good looking as she is fierce. Definitely not to be taken likely. Like quote from Rocky III – “She is very hungry”. My art education is influenced by life around me and she has influenced me to attempt to capture her may different sides.
She really seems to be a hard working person, no doubt about that. I took Karate when I was a kid, believe it or not. I was an orange belt, but nothing I learned can come close to her fighting style. If I needed a body guard that is deceptive to the eye and can get the job done, she would be it.
The drawing took about an hour, I was in Greenbelt Maryland for the week. At the hotel each night, I tried to find something to do. I saw an HBO Sports special and saw her interview. I was like “That’s my next subject!”, I began my journey into drawing her beauty and power.
I used black and white charcoal on Gray tone paper to draw her. It was my first time using these materials. Definitely trial by error.