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A Walk in the Woods

Sunnylady 08 Jun 2022

Charcoal tests and another paper continue to teach me I barely see value.


Pietro1963 Master of Monsters

me lickey Sunny.great will love the charcoal.cheers.P

Looks great Sunnylady - great depth, perspective and dare I say it, also value.

@Pietro, @Dave - thank you folks for your endless support!
Yesterday after I was done with it and a bit unhappy I went to learn about charcoal and imagine what I discovered? There is white charcoal = chalk to create light value and these two medias mix fantastic to create intermediate grays. And another trick that can be used without that white is to apply charcoal powder with a brush. I want to try that second option first before trying to find those specially bind white charcoal sticks or pencils.

@Pietro - have you used white charcoal? Any tips?

I think the rocks in particular are very well done and have great depth. I haven’t used charcoal since grade school since I always made a mess of it and my hands by just smudging things around. I didn’t know there was white charcoal! It also never occurred to me that charcoal could be applied with a brush. Always learning something new here!

@Lilikins - surprising enough I do not mind to get a mess around where I draw and my hands get really dirty. But that is part of the package and it seems that that dirt is liberating(crazy, huh?). I think as soon as format gets reduced to Letter/A4 with charcoal and no fingers can be used, expression that can be achieved with charcoal gets lost. (I am also complaining about small format because i do not have charcoal pencils, but i used compressed charcoal sticks that do not allow detailing). So far I enjoy applying it but not happy with the results...

Love your idea of practicing values! I think you captured the essence well.

I love this! Reminds me of early Hopper drawings

Shadowlink thank you. I didn’t know that Hopper did drawings. I will research this.

Shadowlink thank you. I didn’t know that Hopper did drawings. I will research this.

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