Time to get my hands a little dirty, so I decided to pick up some charcoal and oh yeah, did I make a mess or what – but it was a lot of fun drawing with this medium again!
Meadow Light (8×10), was drawn with charcoal and carbon on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper. For this drawing I wanted to keep the meadow and background trees/shrubs soft, muted and non-reflective of the light, so both soft and hard charcoal were used for these two areas (and a lot of smudging). The foreground tree’s bark is quite rugged with deep ruts so a variety of carbon pencils were used allowing for the deepest darks to carry this massive structure. Other tools used were tortilums and a kneaded eraser.
The values were really important in this drawing, especially distinguishing both the foreground tree from the others. I can’t tell you how many times I stepped back to examine the progress, or how many pictures were taken – both helped me to analyze the work for perspective, values and other technical elements. I learned a lot from piece.
The light in this scene is what attracted me to draw it – perfect for getting a feel for charcoal again ~ click onto the image for a larger view.