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on: December 30, 2014, 03:38:26 PM
   I've come to the conclusion my drawings are taking far too long....    So went and picked up some willow charcoal and have started sketching with that. I find it much quicker as backgrounds and shadings are just swiped on and smoothed out with my fingers.
This sketch was done on ordinary cartridge paper and took about 30 minutes. That's a new record for me!!!  :yippee: It can get a bit mucky....but you know how I love to really 'get into' my work!!  >:D :2funny:

   
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Reply #1 on: December 30, 2014, 03:43:37 PM
I love working with charcoal Val. Instant gratification.   ;)
I think your drawing looks great.  :clap:
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Reply #2 on: December 30, 2014, 03:51:35 PM
Thanks Natalie, I'm used to working with vine charcoal which is a bit harder than the willow, but this was fun! No outlines, just stick something out in front and have at it  :heeha:   Great fun....best not to wear white   :eek:       :2funny:
« Last Edit: December 30, 2014, 04:05:23 PM by Val »
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Reply #3 on: December 30, 2014, 04:02:38 PM
Val,

What a fun little still life.  Well done.

I'll have to look up "willow charcoal."  Never heard of it.

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Reply #4 on: December 30, 2014, 04:15:43 PM
You are not alone there Mea, I had never heard of it before either.....but it's all they had so what can you do.... just had to try it!  :whistle:

I did buy a pad of 'charcoal paper' and I'm not liking it so far. I'd much rather use a heavy cartridge paper but they didn't have anything heavier than a 90# weight. I like something in the neighbourhood of 220gsm, but that's just me.

I would imagine if you had charcoal your drawings would be coming off in just minutes flat!  :run:   You could probably draw the whole bus!!!   :heeha:

Using your own materials always makes for a fun still life, and can be as simple or as complex as you like.

Thank you for your nice comment, much appreciated.  :)
« Last Edit: December 31, 2014, 04:19:23 AM by Val »
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Reply #5 on: December 30, 2014, 09:04:53 PM
Never tried charcoal - obviously, Brian hasn't supplied me with charcoal yet - just kidding.  Never ever saw 220 lb paper - where did you get that.  Sounds like there's a lot to be trying in the new year...great "still life" Val!
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Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014, 04:34:19 AM
Hi Marsha, apologies... it is 220gram (gsm) paper not 220#  :doh: I can be a proper nit at times!  ::)

While in Grenada I used to have supplies shipped in from England as it was less expensive than US. It seems to be a chore to find heavier cartridge papers here in NA, but will have a looksee at Dick Blick and see what they have.

Charcoal is just so fun and easy....PLUS...it is so easy to lift out highlights or fix mistakes and those unrestrainable errors in judgement which 'may' occur  :2funny: . All you need is some charcoal, cartridge paper (heavy is my preference), and that marvelous invention....the kneadable eraser, and away you go! But seriously...I do suggest nonwhite clothing.  :whistle:

Come on Brian!! Get this girl some charcoal!!!  :knuppel2:    :2funny:
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Reply #7 on: January 04, 2015, 12:34:02 PM
seems like charcoal is your thing Val, this is beautiful :heeha: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #8 on: January 04, 2015, 03:51:00 PM
 :blush: Ta much Nolan. High praise indeed coming from you yourself!   :thankyou:      :yippee:

It all stems from those stupendous drawing lessons.  O0    :yippee:    :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #9 on: January 04, 2015, 04:20:36 PM
Great job with the charcoal Val try using a bit of chemise when smoothing out the background less mess on the fingers but great work. Ray
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Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 06:54:47 PM
Thanks much Ray  :)

Great job with the charcoal Val try using a bit of chemise when smoothing out the background less mess on the fingers but great work. Ray

Less mess? What fun is there in that?  :confused:    >:D    :2funny:    :2funny:
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Reply #11 on: January 05, 2015, 07:01:56 PM
Chemise = shirt???

Not sure I get it, please light my candle.

p.s. of course anything that keep things clean and tidy would take out the fun... and the frustration  ;)
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Reply #12 on: January 06, 2015, 07:00:39 AM
Val! That's so inspiring! Your drawing is fab and the use of Charcoal is wonderful. Only half an hour to do it too!
You go girl! More please..  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #13 on: January 06, 2015, 07:48:49 AM
Sorry everyone my finger pressed the wrong letters it should be "chamois". I think you may of heard the name chamois leather   Ray
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Reply #14 on: January 06, 2015, 12:22:07 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Lovely still life sketch Val.  Crumbs, I get so messy just with graphite and I would hate to think what would happen with charcoal!!


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