I really enjoyed making charcoal drawings from the charcoal I got from the burnt chair. After working on some portraits of people (see yesterday’s blog) I did some animal pictures:
I have always loved elephants and I really enjoyed the way the charcoal spread out easily and made lovely shapes with a smooth change in density of the pigment. Looking back more critically I can see that
- The offside tusk should stick out more for proper perpective.
- I also think I would darken the dark areas a little more to give the image a better tonal range (which I think just means having really dark areas to really light areas and all of those inbetween.)
- I would also change the amount of the elephant which I drew to include the whole of the trunk as I think this would make a better picture.
This is a picture of a bird of prey which I drew for a friend (and gave to her). My friend is really into bird watching and showed me a buzzard which lived in the woods near out houses. I can’t remember which species this bird is.
I like this picture, but looking back I would look more closely at my reference to check I had good propertions for the birds head and body. In this drawing it looks to me like the head is a little big but since I can’t find the reference image I used I can’t tell for sure.
Finally I drew a picture of a frog: