Step by Step Abstract Drawing-Charcoal

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Here is my latest charcoal drawing. It is about four feet by two feet (4’x2′)

I started with a rough sketch on charcoal paper (I think it is charcoal paper.)  This is just to get an idea of what I want it to look like in the end and to have some sort of plan for the rest of the drawing.

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After the sketch, I blur out the sketch while keeping in mind the image I want it to look like. I do this to allow for more refinement as I go. I was taught that when you start a drawing in charcoal, you don’t want to start out too stiffly or in other words, too rigid in idea. You want to allow room for error and spontaneity and it also makes you more bold in marks if you have to redefine something.

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Here it is, further along. I added some shading and blurred some more with some tissue. Normally, you’d use a chamois cloth, but I am allergic to leather so I avoid them.

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More shading.

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At this point, I’ve switched to blending stumps for shading. I have used both charcoal pencil and vine charcoal (thick vine charcoal) in the process. I’d say it is about halfway done at this point.
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Still more to go. I will refine and work on this as the days go by. This was quite a feat for me. I need to rest before getting back to this. This was about three days worth of work. About four hours a day.

Thanks for watching,

Tim Edwin B.
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