Strokes of Genius | GuoYue Dou

Timid, charcoal on white smooth paper, 18 x 15.

The process started with a photograph, which developed into light sketches, and ultimately the finished piece of work. Though I used only one tone of charcoal, the blending techniques achieved the tonal differences. I paid exceptional attention to the detail of this girl’s eyes, in order to express timidity through the shine of her pupils. Contrasting balances appear in the rough strokes of the door against the child’s smooth face, and the pale tone of her skin surrounding the darkness of her eyes.

Featured in March 2012.