Session #312, Work #306

I forgot to take a picture of my setup after finishing the drawing, so I had to settle for a picture of the subject and setup that was different from the conditions in which I drew it.

There were lots of subtle transition in this leaf so I was trying to be very careful with my values. I also did something very different than what I normally do, I mixed charcoal and graphite. I used the charcoal to quickly cover the cast shadow of the leaf but I needed to use a stump to blend it evenly. I learned a while back that graphite and charcoal doesn’t mix well, you wouldn’t think it, but there are two very different colors. So to get around this I made sure that I kept the charcoal in the shadow only, separating the medium so the difference looked natural.


The Setup



The Subject


Session Details

  • Session: 314
  • Work: 306
  • Width: 7.5"
  • Height: 10"
  • Medium: Charcoal, Graphite
  • Location: Still life in apartment
  • Art Time: 1
  • 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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