This is an award-winning self portrait I did in nupastel. Nupastel is similar to charcoal, but has a tighter consistency and comes in different colors. I sat in front of a mirror and drew this. First I lightly shaded the whole paper. Then I did a simple outline of my face. I concentrated on the darker values, for example around my eyes and nose. I erased away the nupastel on the areas of lightest value such as the highlight on my forehead and nose. After that, I filled in the medium values. The technique is very simple, but makes a dramatic finished product.