"Nature Study No 1"
7" X 5", charcoal on paper
This small drawing is based on a photo I took during one of my many hikes in the Wasatch Mountains. This is actually just a small part of the photo and it is very simplified compared to the photo. I also changed the value pattern somewhat compared to the photo. There were some very bright spots in the background, I subdued them. I also darkened the tree trunk some near the top so that column of light tone doesn't take you eye right out of the picture. I used mostly a reductive technique. Reductive means I applied a base of charcoal to an area and then removed charcoal to create the light areas. Larger light toned areas such as the tree trunk were kept light from the start. I used a kneaded eraser, poster tack and a Tuff Stuff vinyl eraser cut to a chisel point to remove charcoal. The paper is Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper. I think this paper is about as toothy as I'd want to use, but I might try some that are more textured just for experimentation.