Nancy Speaker, QPSA  


Charcoal Drawing by Nancy Speaker, QPSA

February 2021 - Charcoal Drawing

February 2021 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA

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About the Image(s)

In Michelle Parsley’ program Elevate your Art.com we are learning how to use Charcoal brushes and now not allowed to use a blender so it is developing the feel and pressure of the brush to get the correct tones and shades. It actually is rather difficult as you need go back and forth over the image to get the darker tones with black Charcoal brush and a white paint charcoal brush to put in the highlights. This is just a practice on my own. I picked this sill life image up from UnSplash a free image spot and one we use a lot for quick practice. I plan to shoot some simple still life images next week.

In the original I loaded the Unsplash image in Photoshop and put an empty paint layer on top. The basic lines are traced on the empty layer to get the basic shapes. I then enlarged the layer so both the original and chalk outline are on the same layer next to each other. After painting, one just crops out the original. The rest of the brush work is my own handwork using the shading of the charcoal brushes to get the tones and shades correct. This lesson is designed to teach us to use Digital Painting with loose paint strokes and adjust the pressure of the Wacom pen to get the tones and shades. The image was easy enough to draw from hand once the basic shape was there. Not my best work, but wanted to share the experience /process that might give you some ideas for your own work. Having the original on the same layer as the art layer really allowed me to put in the highlights and shadows where necessary. The program is trying to develop a skill to get away from just pixel painting and use a more painterly look with our brushes breaking edges and using loose strokes.


6 comments posted




Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
Nancy, this is absolutely gorgeous. (I am actually working on the same stage in Michelle's class - charcoal). And, you are correct, this is not an easy technique to acquire. But, it looks like you are well on the way to mastery! I love the highlights in the vase and the shadows on the table. I wouldn't change a thing - this is beautiful.   Posted: 02/09/2021 10:56:20
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you Cindy. I too am enjoying the unique feel of the Charcoal brush and the look. So thankful there is an eraser brush, too which I use a lot. Delighted we are working together on this. I look forward to seeing some of your work.   Posted: 02/10/2021 00:26:21



Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Absolutely well done Nancy. Thank you for sharing the technique and how refreshing is it to see some real artwork coming forth. I agree wholeheartedly with Cindy.   Posted: 02/16/2021 07:00:21



Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Thank you for sharing the process. Looks like a wonderful challenge lies ahead of you in developing this technique.   Posted: 02/20/2021 10:17:48



Terry Clark   Terry Clark
This is sooo charcoal! Very well done. I will have to check out this program.
I do have one question and that is the vertical dark bar behind the frame. Does that need to be there?
  Posted: 02/20/2021 10:31:14



Terry Clark   Terry Clark
This is sooo charcoal! Very well done. I will have to check out this program.
I do have one question and that is the vertical dark bar behind the frame. Does that need to be there?
  Posted: 02/20/2021 10:31:16



 

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