Sunday, June 08, 2008

My saturday drawing class



well it was not what i expected...we drew more with a kneaded eraser than with a charcoal or a writing instrument...

The first thing we did was TOTALLY cover a large 18x24" sheet of strathmore drawing paper and then drew a chair set up that was in front of a large window with a water oak tree outside. At first i was not thrilled with all that black charcoal dust everywhere but decided to go with it...spent three hours there erasing with a kneaded eraser...its almost black now....and another hour or two after i got home adding back in some more charcoal and then erasing some more...i like it...i didnt expect to...

The teacher Dianne Sweet...a drawing and painting professor at Augusta State University did a great job...she said that we could actually get it back to white if we worked on it...i tried i couldnt and now my once new kneaded eraser that i had at home is a sick kinda pink...its interesting though how much charcoal the kneaded erasers do lift...So next week when we go to class...we have three saturday three hour classes going to ask her what i was doing wrong...

I rather like the way it turned out...especially when you consider that it was totally black when i started out...

oh one last tip...she had us make a paper view finder to use to compose our picture. Tear out a rectangle the shape of your paper in a small piece of paper...it should be 1-1.5 inches x no more than 2" ...easy and cheap!

Next week no charcoal!

21 comments:

Karen said...

I think you did a great job Maggie. Value paintings are really essential things to do. Keep up the good work!

Ann said...

I think you did a great job with this! I sometimes use that technique with graphite, smear the graphite all over with paper towel then "draw" in the lights with an eraser.

Margaret Ann said...

This is beautiful...almost like sketching with a new set of eyes!
Well done! :)

MaryO said...

I'm very impressed. I think this study was well worth sacrificing a kneaded eraser for...hope you do, too!

Shirley said...

Maggie,
I'm really impressed that you could work with charcoal. I don't think I have it in me - even after seeing what a fabulous value sketch you have done.

Van said...

It beautifully conveys the dappled light. Nice effect!

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

That is very cool, Maggie! Very atmospheric...

Alan said...

I like how it turned out. Excellent work.

Spinneretta said...

Oh what an interesting technique! It lookds really good :)

Luba said...

Sounds messy, but looks great! So much light!

kathleen said...

extremely nice - how big is it ? love the range of values

Anita Davies said...

Oh I love it Margaret, so atmospheric!

Barbara Weeks said...

Great job! I look forward to more posts from your class.

Steve said...

This really good! Excellent work.

Linda T said...

This is wonderful. You did a great job.

laureline said...

Maggie, this is superb. I love the light effects you created with the kneaded eraser---and the lovely, velvety textures.

juj said...

What a great exercise - and you did such a fabulous job with it. I can tell this class is going to be good for you because even tho it's already sending you outside your comfort zone, you're handling it beautifully. Can't wait to see what next week brings.

Rock Kyndl said...

I really like the reflection in the seat. You got some real depth overall. Nice.

Anetka said...

great job and I love this work!
so atmospheric:)))

Artist Anika said...

Charcoal can be a mess, it is what turned me off to it for a long time. But I think the overall feel of it is much more serene than graphite. Charcoal pencils are less messy, but are darker than vine charcoal and harder to erase, so I'm not sure how you'd like those.

The still-life you have is beautiful. I love that you can see the branches of the tree through the gaps in the chair. Gorgeous image. Well done!

Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

Gorgeous shading, Maggie. I love this!