Today’s experiment didn’t go well at all.

I can’t remember the last time I used vine charcoal for shading and my lack of practice really shows in this drawing. The purpose of this drawing today was just to familiarize myself with the materials a bit and see if I can get some shading to work. Not only did I make the figure too small but I couldn’t seem to get the charcoal down well.

I’m not sure if this is something that I’m going to continue to practice as I fell that I should be working more in paint. Considering that¬† oil paint is going to be the medium in which I create my finished works in I feel I should be honing that skill more. I’m not totally convinced that working in charcoal improves the same skills as when I’m working with brush and paint.

Fundamentals: More Experimenting


  • Session: 1936
  • Work: 1412
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 1
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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."