Beauty of Sanguine Conté

Words and images by Shaun Smith.

Sanguine Conté is a type of iron oxide chalk which has been used since the Renaissance.

I like to use it because it has a warmer sensitivity to figure drawing and portraits than pencil or charcoal.
I tend to blend it with a white Conté which is very high in titanium.
This gives an extra brightness to the skin tones, making them almost luminescent. It is probably my favourite medium to work in.

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