My latest drawing was chosen to continue working lights and darks using purely charcoal. This African scene was perfect for the challenge . . . with the sun setting over the trees, the hot bush giving way to a background thick with haze and a lot of atmosphere, yes a lot was here to capture. There always seems a bit of mystery and romanticism about the gems found in bush country ~
Serengeti Sunset, a charcoal drawing (9×12) was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper using compressed, willow vine, pencils and loose charcoal powder. Most of the textures in the piece was a process of putting the charcoal on and taking it off with a variety of tools (tortilium, pad, Q-Tips and kneaded erasers). If you notice the sun, it wasn’t quite brilliant enough to distinguish it from the clouds and rest of the sky, so a bit of charcoal was used around the sun letting it be barely there combining brilliance and haze.
A few visitors that made their way into the drawing, can you see them? Thanks for checking in ~ click onto the image for a larger view.