I decided this week to use charcoal for my first A2 (16″x23″) composition. I really like working in charcoal it’s great for working on large pieces and it’s really messy and fun!
For my mid tone I decided to use sandpaper to grate the charcoal against and then used a soft cloth and gently rubbed the charcoal into the paper. I then used charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils. I lifted out some of the charcoal with my putty rubber to create the highlights.
I have posted my drawing under the Charcoal Drawings tab.
We had a play with Transparent Oil Bar and Charcoal. The Oil Bar is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s oil paint in a bar. To get the Oil Bar and Charcoal to blend softly we used white spirit. It’s a really messy media to work with but, the effects you can create are really interesting. I used different implements to create different effects and textures such as: a toothpick, a palette knife, a paint brush and an old rag. I also experimented with putting Charcoal under or over the Oil Bar.
I have posted my experimentations under the Practice Pieces Tab.
Today was the first day of term and it was great to be back. This term’s lessons look really interesting and I can’t wait to get going.
We started off as we always do with an observation session. We could choose our own still life composition using a paper bag and a pear. We could choose to use either pencils, charcoal or soft pastels.
I chose to use my new tinted charcoal pencils, black charcoal pencil, soft charcoal and white pastel pencil. I have posted my finished drawing under the Charcoal Drawings tab.
Today’s lesson was all about moving water. My art teacher showed us lots of different techniques to create a wave and the sense of movement. We started off with charcoal and then moved on to colour. I chose to use soft pastels after my charcoal drawing and I can’t wait to have a go with different paints.
I have posted each picture under their respective tabs.
Today’s lesson was an observation of musical instruments. I decided to do an Electric Guitar in charcoal. Unfortunately, due to being a bit rusty, not using charcoal for a long time and the angle of the guitar I was really unhappy with the final result.
I am going to try and fix the problems or even completely re-do it before I post it. I don’t feel I would be doing the subject justice if I post it now.
I am fully aware than not every drawing/painting is going to be a “master piece” but, I don’t feel I really want to post my “failures” for everyone to see.
Every drawing/painting is a learning experience and I definitely learnt a lot today, and I did enjoy the process even if I was really unhappy with the end result.