Working from life with different materials today and even a different setup.

I started our life drawing session today as normal with conte charcoal pencils, smooth newsprint and sitting. But after the gestures and a couple 20 minute segments I moved to vine charcoal and Canson paper.

Vine charcoal is MUCH harder to work with, I really felt like I was drawing for the first time. I speculate that the problems I’m having with vine charcoal is mainly because I can’t rest my hand on the paper while I draw. Being able to rest my hand with the conte pencils really allow for a lot more control. The good thing about vine charcoal is that it is a close simulation to oil paint. So my vine charcoal drawings look terrible now, but I’ll continue to work on them until I’m proficient with it.

I also did two drawings while standing instead of sitting. I must say that this was very beneficial to the drawing as I was able to stand back and check my accuracy.

I have to just keep telling myself that it is not about the finished drawing right now but learning the skills. The drawing may look terrible but I’m learning.

Fundamentals: Life Drawing New Materials
Gestures
Fundamentals: Life Drawing New Materials
Gestures
Fundamentals: Life Drawing New Materials
20 Min
Fundamentals: Life Drawing New Materials
20 Min
Fundamentals: Life Drawing New Materials
Vine Charcoal 20 min
Fundamentals: Life Drawing New Materials
Vine Charcoal 20 min
Fundamentals: Life Drawing New Materials
vine charcoal 20 min

Details

  • Session: 1912
  • Work: 1388
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
  • Art Time: 3
  • Creative Time:

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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."