Two Drawings

A combination of two drawings after my life drawing class on the 17th along with more charcoal testing and another fairy drawing and a french studio approach.

After my drawing class on Thursday I was still motivated to draw and figure out some issues with my process, which produced the following drawings.

Not very good drawing here.
Better drawing then the previous but still has issues that I need to clear up.

I did some tests of all the charcoal that I purchased and I must say that I think I prefer the Winsor Newton medium and soft vine charcoal, only because it is softer and easier to spread than the Nitram H, HB, B.  But I was using the nitram for details and the winsor newton for big areas of dark, which works well considering Winsor newton charcoal is cheaper.

For the most dark areas I will use a generals extra soft charcoal pencil, only at the end of the drawing cause once you put the general charcoal down it doesn’t like to move. Same with the whit Pitt charcoal.

For this drawing tonight I used a process that I’ve been looking at for a while outline at this post on the LARA site. I have to say that this process worked extremely well for a long drawing. But I would only use it for a long drawing. For quick sketches I would prefer to use an approach similar to Charles Hu at the 3kicks artist studio website. I haven’t found anything written about his process but here is a video, and its pretty awesome.

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

Strange how large the hand is. I got that wrong but I’m happy with the rest.



How can I improve the values?


I really need to figure out a good way to compare edges. One of the most important things in this drawing was edges.

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