Daily Art #2908

A charcoal wash to obliterate all of my drawing and to focus on form rather than line.

I normally don’t start a drawing like this. Normally I focus completely on line and building up the portrait in small areas at a time but today I wanted to try something different.

I worked the whole portrait over in vine charcoal. Vine charcoal sucks for detailed work but it’s great for laying down a soft gray tone of values all over the paper. It’s also just as good as graphite when you want to remove the tone.

In fact, vine charcoal seems to be so fragile that if you barely touch it you pull it off the paper.

The next session I will work back into the accuracy of the drawing a bit through line. Then the session after that, back to value, then line and drawing, then value, repeat.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg drawing


The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.


What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I lost a lot of focus this morning but I’m recommitting right now to get it back and get back on track.

What needs work? What did you learn?

More time and more focus on art.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

I’ll work hard to get my current projects done before the end of the month so I can spend as much time on art as possible.

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