Can you spell fun? Lately I have been able to do that with drawing and this next one was a perfect test for fabric details ~
The Pears, a graphite and charcoal drawing (5.5 x 5.5) on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper. Why so small? I had a left over piece of paper and thought it would be perfect for this still life. There were a lot of challenges in this one, with the wood table and fabric mostly, but once I figured out how I was going to achieve some of the small details the drawing was all about having fun.
Charcoal was used as the background, its flat qualities allowed the darkness to stay in the background nicely and let the still life arrangement take front and center from any view point. For the pears, wood and fabric, graphite from 4H to 3B was applied in many layers, taken away and re-applied until a nice rich quality was achieved. Cross-hatching strokes and blending were the two techniques mostly used for the pears, wood and fabric. See the fringe? They were too fine for my kneaded eraser or Tom-bow, so I was able to use Frisket to pull off the graphite (interesting, right?).
Graphite is a cool medium (at least for me), I like being able to create a painterly look from a pencil. Thank you for checking in. Hope you have a wonderful weekend – click onto the image for a larger view.
No Thursday’s drawing this week – I’m working up a composition and nearly complete, just considering some details and then it should be ready for next week.
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