12" X 9", Charcoal on Paper
This is the second in my series of roots studies. Not only was it a study in roots and nature it was an experiment in charcoal technique. I wanted to do a better job of getting rid of the little white specks of paper showing through so I did a lot more blending and used more powdered charcoal.
"Barn Study I"
9" X 12", Charcoal on Paper
Another series begins, hopefully. Well, as much as I love old, wood barns and rural landscapes I'm pretty confident I'll do more. While "Roots II" was pretty good I felt maybe it was a little overworked so my goal with "Barn Study I" was to dial that back and bit and still have the same effect. I treated this one in a more sketchy way, working faster and not so deliberate about shapes and details, I think it worked pretty well. I discovered my finger makes a great blender for large areas. I've formed a new basic technique. First I go over an area with the woodless charcoal pencil creating the general tones I'm after. Then I use a Q-tip to apply powdered charcoal over the area blending it as I go then I do further blending with my finger.
"Truck Study I"
8" X 10", Charcoal on paper
And finally we have an abandoned old truck, a 1946 Ford to be more exact. This was drawing practice as much as charcoal and composition practice. This scene is partially from a photo reference taken in a small rural Utah town and partially from my imagination. The truck in the photo didn't have a bed and the tree was farther back and didn't overlap the truck. The rest is pretty much my invention. Since this one required more exact drawing it took longer but I still tried to keep it fairly sketchy.
Stay tuned, I'm sure there will be more to come.