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Kelly Borsheim's Art of the Human Form - Charcoal Figure Drawing

"Il Ponte Vecchio - Firenze, Italia"

17" x 23"
charcoal with pastel / carboncino con pastelli
white Roma-brand paper
© 2010
Kelly Borsheim


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[art charcoal drawing of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy]
[art drawing of gypsy and her shadow]

"Il Ponte Vecchio - Firenze, Italia" - Original Charcoal Drawing

Florence, Italy, offers artists just about everything from great architecture, Tuscan hills, and people engaged in a variety of activities. The bonus and, of course, the subject of this original charcoal drawing by artist Kelly Borsheim is still the light. In her words:

"Florence has enough eye candy that she has been teaching me to just sit and watch in a way that I rarely have allowed myself to do since I was a child. I like to walk around Florence at many different times of day. One day I found myself sitting on the Ponte Vecchio behind the bust of Cellini. I had time that day to stay a while and watch the lives of various figures intermingling on this famous bridge in the Renaissance City. This is a beautiful view of a silhouetted Ponte Vecchio framing the next bridge upstream (the Ponte alle Grazie) with some Tuscan hills in the background. The reflections in the River Arno are quite peaceful and beautiful.

I tend to be a fan of backlighting, even if I am often blinded or even crying a bit as I draw. But seriously, what an effect the light has! And I try to tackle some new challenge with each artwork that I create. For example, this is the first drawing in which I have depicted a crowd of people. I like all of the abstract patterns. This drawing is completely in charcoal, except for black pastels to give me a darker tone than I can get with only charcoal. And, the old woman standing alone, wanting the attention of the others, has been colored with pastels. This may have been a subconscious flashback to my days in the image preservation field, in which I oil painted on photographs printed onto a fiber paper."
-- Kelly

[charcoal art drawing of crowd on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy - art of tourism]

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