Original Sold. Bronze Winner – 3rd Prize, Drawing, Samford Shire Show, July 2010.
Charcoal Pencil on A4 UPM Digi Bright White 190gsm Paper.
This was my first ever attempt at charcoal. I got some General’s Charcoal pencils and wanted to see how much fine detail I could achieve with them before I incorporate them into my portraiture. I chose an engraved elephant statue I have at home and worked from a reference photo that I took of it.
I loved the intense blacks and softness of the charcoal and found the blendability to be really good so I think they’ll be ideal for doing hair and the very dark areas of a portrait. I found the pencils very tricky to sharpen though. I went through an entire pencil doing this piece largely from breaking it whilst sharpening! So if you have any tips for sharpening charcoal pencils, please feel free to share!
Featured in “Self Taught Arists on Red Bubble”, “Dirty Filthy Art: Charcoal”, and “International Superheros of Drawing”, June 2010. 152 Views as at 21 August 2010.