Just finished commissions from one client. All except one is 6 x 6 inches on stretched cotton canvas. I had been doing preliminaries drawings before going onto canvases. Then on canvas I did a grisalle with transparent red oxide for values. I found by doing these preliminary drawings and grisalles, it helps with the painting process.
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In Day 2, Oliver demonstrated with a charcoal pencil.
Oliver is using the side of his charcoal pencil 2B.
Darker values with charcoal pencil, 4B or 6B.
10 minutes poses.
10 minutes demo on Strathmore paper
Block-in beginning with a charcoal pencil 2B. Paper is Strathmore Drawing 18 x 24 inches.
To create the texture of the beard Oliver draws with squiggly lines.
Oliver shows some of charcoal pencils on toned paper.
In the afternoon we worked on toned paper. But first we did some 10 minutes warm-ups on Strathmore drawing paper. The toned paper we use Canson Tientes. Oliver suggested used the smooth side for women and children’s portraits. The textured size best for men.
Beginning with a 2B charcoal pencil for block-in.
White is added sparely. Only used on highlights and never mixed in with the charcoal. The mid-tone paper does all the work.
I learned how to use white charcoal to create volumes in the model’s beard.
Spraying is not needed for charcoal pencils. Only for vine charcoal drawings.
I’ve been getting up around 5. So to make use of the time, I practice watercolor portraits. My goal is 30 then 50 and eventually 100. These are done on Strathmore Visual Journal, 140# watercolor paper. These are just a sampling.
With my busy schedules, sketching allows me to satisfy that need to draw and paint. My sketches are done in Moleskine sketchbook, 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. I usually have my TWSBI fountain pen with Noodler’s Lexington Grey ink and waterbrush attached to the Moleskine. If I have time in the early morning brushes and water on the dining table ready for a quick watercolor painting. And of course, my coffee.