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Friday, January 27, 2012

Out Looking

Size on this is about 12 inches by 22 inches; on light cream colored Canson mie-tients paper.  All I used was a single bit of willow vine charcoal, kneaded eraser, and blending stump.  I wasn't sure if I could pull this off with just a single value stick of charcoal.  These good ole fashion charcoal drawing have always been some of my favorite artworks, and good practice for color paintings.  I just dont like white paper, and I think the cream colored paper give this an old time feel to it..
Now I have to make a custom frame for this since its such a odd size.  I normally do standard size pieces, but those just wouldnt work for this composition.

A couple things I kept in mind on this:
1.  Anchoring my darks to the edge of the picture window, i.e. the cast shadow
2.  Saving the color of paper for brightest lights, making sure not to get charcoal in those areas
3.  Not smearing charcoal in background,  keeping clean paper around the subject
4.  Using very few "lines", just shapes of very subtle values, like in oil painting
5.  Making sure to have the viewer "feel" the light