Thursday’s Drawing, Storm Clouds #1 – charcoal

Boy this has been late in coming, but finally I’m back on schedule to begin a new drawing project for Thursdays.  If you are new to my blog, I draw each Thursday for 1/2 hr to one-hour to keep my focus on lines and values fresh, and usually select a drawing project that takes more than one setting to complete.

Storm Clouds (9×12) is being drawn on Strathmore Bristol Vellum – for this drawing project I’ll be using charcoal as the primary medium.  To begin charcoal brick and a kneaded eraser was used.

Today the bottom 1/4 of the scene was worked on, the rest of the scene is all clouds and magnificent if I do them right.  Most will be drawn with negative drawing so I can manage the lighter values better.  A bit more will be done to the bottom quarter, but not until the cloud mass is completed.  Sorry about the quality of the image, I took this photograph in near darkness, next week I promise to have a better image to post.

Thanks for checking in, I can’t believe I’m finally back on track – although if truth be told I had a totally different scene in mind, but  .   .   .

Storm Clouds, #1

Storm Clouds, #1


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25 Responses to Thursday’s Drawing, Storm Clouds #1 – charcoal

  1. Intriguing! You’ve already set the mood!

  2. Gloria Ester says:

    Great values and atmosphere.

  3. doronart says:

    Mary it is always great to visit you and enjoy your great talent. Your portrait series is amazing but then what is new? Have a great weekend 🙂 x

  4. Painting for Joy says:

    Yay! A new project! Was wondering if you’d be doing your Thursday drawings again. SO glad to see you are. I really enjoy watching and waiting! This one looks like it’s going to be beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend ahead! xoxo

  5. Can’t wait to see how it progresses, but from this beginning I know it’s going to be awesome, Mary. 🙂

  6. Gallivanta says:

    Glad you are back on track. 🙂

  7. Good work once again, Mary.

    Best wishes


  8. Happy that you’re back in the track and looking forward to see how the magnificent clouds will be developed! I kinda missed your Thursdays, I always enjoy how you taking the scene step by step closer to finish, so this is a good day with good news and a good project with a nice beginning!

  9. well i’m sitting on the outside of a restaurant and wondering what happened to my ‘driver’ to take me home in this rain! … hey he’s here

  10. Wonderful beginning, Mary. I look forward to seeing your drawing progress. Have a great week!

  11. Looking forward to where this will go… 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cynthia! I selected the scene because the clouds are going to be quite the challenge in values – which is exactly what I need. Have a great weekend.

  12. This is lovely, Mary. You have inspired me to buy a sketch pad and pencils. I’ll have a go and see what I can do as a beginner. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Sylvia, wow now that is a huge compliment – anytime a piece of work stimulates someone to draw. Well, it doesn’t get any better! Thank you so much and looking forward to seeing your new drawings.

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