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Charcoal Portraiture by Izzy Vera

A charcoal drawing of a young boyAsmita

Izzy Vera is a Denver, Colorado-based artist who keeps a varied artistic practice with a specialized focus on charcoal portraiture. To the artist, portraiture is an intimate process of capturing the subject’s true personality.


A charcoal drawing of a young boy named SamuSamu

Izzy has spent a number of years doing volunteer work in Nepal, offering support for a home in the Kathmandu Valley where 25 children reside. A recent project of hers was to create charcoal portraits of all the children living in the home, later selling postcard prints of the works to raise money to take the children on a trip to a nearby mountain range. While the portraits are simple in composition, each captures a spark of light in the eyes of its subject. The lightly sketched aesthetic adds a touch of the artist’s hand, enforcing the connection between artist and subject.


A portfolio section on Izzy Vera's art websiteIzzy's gallery of color charcoal drawings


In our previous feature of Izzy’s portraits of children, we also looked at her color pastel works. These do a great job of utilizing the same lightly sketched, soft edged figures to capture personality in even more detail.  


A charcoal portrait of a young girlBawana

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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