awake and painting
I agree, Taryn. Taking a break can be so refreshing to our perspective and our enthusiasm! And there is something so lovely about charcoal. This is just beautiful.
I really love your drawing -- which is a very powerful simplified statement of the essence of your subjects. One technical question: Do you use softer pencil to achieve the broader, flat marks?
Thanks Ann and Arena. Arena, I use a 4B or 5B drawing pencil to do a careful line drawing, then use a softer pencil to start blocking in shadows. At that point I usually think the drawing looks too careful and the light doesn't look natural, so I start using a stomp, basically smearing, erasing and then adding more shadows, then blending again and erasing again. I don't like many of the lines and edges to show at the end- looks too tight that way.
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