Charcoal Again

Charcoal again, this time I wanted to try something with a different texture. A metallic measuring cup seemed to fit the bill well.

I’m reminded of a drawing by Andrew Wyeth of an older woman, and even though the drawing was in charcoal you could tell that she was wearing two type of fabric, one silk, one cotton. With that in mind a chose a subject today that would indicate a very different type of service, metallic.

Unlike the previous drawing, I really took my time here getting the measurements correct. As always, at my current expertise this is the best course, slow and practiced.

The Drawing


The Setup


My hierarchy of painting importance

  1. Drawing
  2. Value
  3. Edges
  4. Composition
  5. Color



How can I improve the drawing

I’m very happy how close the drawing is with the subject. Drawing an ellipse exactly like the subject is difficult. The shadow is the worst drawn part of this, and that isn’t really super bad.



How can I improve the values?

The back gray wall, its actually the backside of my mirror, is much too light as compared to the subject. I could have gone darker with every value actually, although I’m not sure if the charcoal could have achieved the black areas.

Session Details

  • Session: 77
  • Work: 65
  • Width: 11"
  • Height: 10"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1.5
  • Creative Time:



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Christopher Beaven

Christopher 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."

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