Charcoal rendering has to be one of the most exciting ways to do portraits! I find it very satisfying to draw BEHIND the subject and then hit the highlights with white chalk. This portrait was especially interesting. I was taking a life drawing class, and the model wasn't able to get there. We bribed the first person we could find loitering outside the building and he sat for us. He was scruffy, interesting, and had a wonderful sense of humor. We loved trying to draw his inner interesting self!