Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Character Study in charcoal

Yesterday I worked with charcoal. It's perfect for sketching character studies in prep for an oil portrait. The messiness of the soft charcoal stick adds to the character and makes smudging a primary design tool. As I push the marks and tones around and erase with my fingers, a likeness emerges. My fingertips end up black. It's almost like finger painting. The tactile characteristics of charcoal can't be beat.