This is “Magic Ball Man” a 16 x 20 pastel on Rives BFK paper. Prints are available at: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/magic-ball-man-rita-romero.html

The Magic Ball Man is a very talented entertainer from York in UK. I was fascinated by his look, which inspired me to do the drawing. His dreadlocks sort of reminded me of a 17th century nobleman with a curly wig. You can check out the videos on his FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheMagicBallMan/

Appreciative shout out to Harvey, for graciously allowing me to use his original photo for reference. He is an professional photographer in the UK. You can check out his excellent work at: https://www.facebook.com/iamharveyphoto

I put in about 21 hours over 5 days on this drawing. I like to let a painting or drawing sit on my easel for a day or two. Then I will look at it periodically. If I see something that needs adjusting, I do it immediately. When there are no more things to change, then it’s done.

This was an experimental piece for me, as I had never worked on this kind of print paper before. Combining charcoal and pastel to creating the background was fun, but scary. I sprayed water at it, then used a palette knife to create shapes. Later, I enhanced the background with black pan pastel. You may not be able to see it in the photo, but the paper gave the drawing a real skin texture. I would not recommend using this paper for pastel, unless you can complete the image with only a couple of layers or prime it with a pastel ground first. It’s fine for just charcoal.

Let me know if you have any questions.