Sunday, January 13, 2013

Charcoal Portrait

Charcoal & Conte on Bristol Paper
January 12, 2013

It's about five degrees fahrenheit outside right now. A cold blast of Canadian arctic air has invaded the northland and I'm huddled inside my warm house with a little time to work in the studio.

I couldn't decide if I wanted to paint or draw tonight so I compromised and went with charcoal. For those that don't understand how charcoal can fall between paint and pencil your just a project away from a deeper understanding.

Whenever I work with charcoal I learn something about its properties or behaviors. For instance the painterly qualities can be both wonderful and disastrous depending on what you do with it.

Being fascinated with portraiture I enjoy trying new things and experimenting with various media. This particular work was no different. I used a combination of charcoal and conte. I pushed values and worked in some highlights.

My seven year old son Ethan tells me he likes this drawing, so it's a success.

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