Might seem like a silly question, but ive never really had any art education, I was reading your comments with dissonant, I've always tried with little success not to make the darker areas go shiney, i thought that was down to me pushing too hard? D'ya think using charcoal on these section solves this problem?
pretty amazing btw, love the hair, I always get lazy doing hair
thanks .. with graphite its just its nature to be shiny when applied over and over in a hard manner - ive been able to learn how to contain the shineyness a bit more by using a crosshatching method with certain pencils (Sanford Ebony) .. keeping them very sharp and building up the dark tones - but, yeah, with charcoal it all lays down in a uniform, matte fashion and its much faster to get to the dark tones - drawback is that the light tones are harder to control with coal so thats why i sometimes mix both mediums together - just cant put down too much graphite first or the coal has a hard time wanting to adheare to it and you can end up with splotchy tones
I've been wanting to attempt to learn how to shade, I just don't know where to start! I'll hopefully be getting into an art class in april though at the community college here. You are incredible! How long ago did you start drawing?
shading is one of those things i learned by having alot of nervous energy in school - wasnt one paper i didnt turn in that didnt have abstact doodles in the margins - learned how to do it very fast and fluid with ballpoint pens actually so when using pencil it was even easier ... for the most part i have always been drawing in some way or another
thanks Denis - was a fun one to do really after a few lately that seemed more like "work" - loved the mad scientist hair when i shot the refs and knew would be challenging - original background was a brick wall but had some shots of him infront of this screen from months earlier .. has since been boarded up so i had to incorporate with what i had - just had to freehand all the lines in the screen since using a ruler looked to precise and sterile in juxtoposition to the movement of the face and hair
yeah Tom, i dont think i could ever abandon this style completely but am growing more and more fond of drawings that really embrace the medium and gesture - i think there is alot of space in between to find the right place down the line ... or maybey that just how i am feeling this week!
Really Nice! So graphite & charcoal in the same piece? Could you tell me a little more about that? Its something I've been trying to incorporate, but its been pretty much a blind process...I'm not really sure how to effectively use the the two together. Thanks!!!
yeah, practice is all and i still learn everyday .. i like the coal in majority to graphite when in the same piece though - i just use the graphite in the lighter areas that dont need to be saturated with it and let the coal do the rest - then ..
Thanks for the reply...thats basically what I've been doing...just keepin' the graphite to the lighter values & maybe increasing the graphite's range when I'm working on something metallic or shiny but then I'm novice at best so...
no prob, ive found that laying down massive amounts of graphite first can make it difficult for the charcoal to adhere and/or blend into - and on the flipside, the graph will leave shiny marks on top of the coal - these can be the most tricky parts in the end - good luck