Spreading Charcoal With a Brush

As I struggle with the motive for this Sherlock drawing I tried spreading charcoal with a brush to see if I could depict more structure with softer edges.

Spreading charcoal with a brush does a couple things. First it evens out the tone that you put down and fills in all the interstices of the paper. Second it forces you to use the brush everywhere. Brushed charcoal looks much different than charcoal applied with a pencil so to keep it congruent I worked it the same everywhere.

sherlock charcoal drawing

Previous Sherlock Drawing Posts

Other than the light side of the nose getting a bit too dark I’m happy with the changes I made today.

Another thing that is nice about working the charcoal into the paper with a brush is that you get a soft dusting of charcoal everywhere that is easily removed with an eraser. With this you can go back in and carve out the lights with the eraser.

Right Angle Study

I spent way too much time looking for images of models that are taken from many different angles. Luckily I found some on my computer.

Then I started my warm-up. I wanted to add some Loomis head practice to my warm-up page but I found that I had forgotten most of it. Luckily we have YouTube and some amazing artists spreading wisdom.

Along with this exercise from The Natural Way to Draw and the daily composition I’m learning all kinds about my shortcomings. Basically I need to work on my memory of the figure and be able to draw it in any position and from any angle.

Daily Composition

Washington state has opened their parks to slowly return our state to some normalcy in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately there are people that have are not following the rules, which may ruin this for all of us if the state closes the parks again.

daily composition

What went well?

Lost of focus on my art session today.

What didn’t go so well?

Pressed for time… again…

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

Once I complete some of the projects I’m working I’m going to have to simplify my art day so that I’m not so rushed.

Session Details

  • Session: 2680
  • Work: 1704
  • Width: 14"
  • Height: 17"
  • Medium: Charcoal, Graphite, Watercolor
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2.25
  • 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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