Saturday, April 23, 2011

Intro to Red Charcoal

.. technically I guess it's Sanguine Conté Crayon, but only because the store across the street from my building didn't have red charcoal. Conté crayons have a bit of clay in them, which gives them a different texture on the paper than charcoal. We were given to option to mix it up a bit in class this week and try them out instead of the usual black/grey charcoal, and somehow my piece turned out pretty well for a first try with the new materials! (We also had a model with a gorgeous facial structure - I learned from trying to draw my own face that it's a whole lot easier when your model has things like cheekbones and distinct angles, heh. Even my teacher said I have a 'difficult nose,' which I have to agree with.)

Also, I managed to remember to take a picture of my work at (almost) every break in the model's sitting, so I got sort of a process photo series, which is interesting to look back on.

step one: outlines and shadow blocking

step two: checking proportions and starting details

I was advised to focus on one feature at a time, in case the model moved later on

step.. what step are we on? filling in details and more shading


Man, the more I look at this, the more I want to pull it out and keep fussing with it. But I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. And I'm really glad I tried the conté crayons. I recommend them! It's exciting to discover new materials! (Art nerd alert.)

One last thing - look! I added pages! Because apparently you can do that! (Just call me the internet master, totally on top of all the new stuff.) (That's sarcasm.) So if anyone ever wants to skip my incessant babbling and just see some photos of my work, now you can. Check it ouuuttt.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My face, and other projects

So! Some recent stuff:

The final of that wine label project, previously mentioned:

acrylic on illustration board, ~6x12"

Fabric hanging (I'm rather proud of this one): 

charcoal on paper, ~18x24"

From a plaster torso in class:

charcoal on paper, 18x24"

A poster for the play Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco:

acrylic on illustration board, 7.5x10"

Self portrait:

charcoal on paper, 18x24"
Thanks for reading!


Hang on! If I can bug you for a quick reader survey: as you may have noticed, I have been flipping the background color of this blog from white to charcoal grey. I absolutely can't decide which one I like more. White - clean, but too boring? Grey - also sometimes boring, too dark? Any thoughts? Or suggestions? Someday I'll come up with an awesome photo to put in the background or something, but until then... thanks for your help!