The Deathshead Moth Tattoo

Charcoal figure drawing - Helen Davison

‘Deaths Head’. Charcoal figure drawing on Roma paper

Here is a relatively quick figure drawing from a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed this project, especially the challenge of representing the model’s tattoo.

The following pictures show key stages along the way, as the proportions are mapped out and the tonal values roughly added. Personally I favour the more energetic, sketchy work in progress to the slightly too smooth end result. Knowing when to stop is an art in itself.

Charcoal figure drawing - Helen DavisonCharcoal figure drawing - Helen Davison