Today I’m experimenting with materials and trying subtlety different ways to draw with vine charcoal.

I definitely don’t have as much control with vine charcoal as I do with the conte a paris charcoal pencils. I was trying to draw much the same as I would do with the pencils but it just wasn’t working with the vine charcoal. I ended up focusing heavily on getting the lines I put down accurate and keeping them mostly straight.

I was going to gesso some canvases and begin doing these drawing sessions in paint but I didn’t have enough time so I chose to use vine charcoal with a setup closer to painting by keeping my paper upright on the easel. Although I was still sitting.

Fundamentals: Experimenting
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Fundamentals: Experimenting
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Fundamentals: Experimenting
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Fundamentals: Experimenting
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  • Session: 1935
  • Work: 1411
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1.5
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."