My drawing and painting life
Just stepping away from the colorful faces for a day, yesterday, to investigate drawing in charcoal.
Charcoal Like Mad: I am citing Kara Bullock here. The title from a class that’s running now, on making faces using (mostly) charcoal. I was getting warmed up for the first lesson, using a photo from Kara. This one intrigued me a great deal, so I put in a little more effort to get her to look like this.
So this month I will be doing faces, not just in color and in wild abandon like in Lynn Whipple’s class. I’ll also be getting a lot of practice using charcoal in its many forms. Charcoal in its simple form (burned twig/wood: charred wood) alone comes in many shapes: thin and thick, soft and hard, and I already love it. There’s also charcoal pencils (real soft to real hard), tinted charcoal pencils (ha, finally a chance to use those more!), blocks of compressed charcoal (don’t know if I can buy that around here), charcoal powder.
I saw some of the art coming from the Charcoal Like Mad class: breathtaking wow. I couldn’t help myself. Of course I could just start using charcoal more, myself. But the excitement and support in a live class can be very helpful to get started and keep going. So I joined.
JUNE = FACE MAKING MONTH I challenged myself to draw and paint a lot of faces this month and be creative (almost) every day. I will share two or three times a week on the blog this month. (This weekend a post a day, but not the whole month, OK?) Stay tuned for more!
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