For tonight’s class, Emily told us to bring in Toned paper, charcoal, and white chalk. Emily placed several fruits and veggies on the table and since I was early to class I had a choice of seats.
I started to draw the outlines in vine charcoal. Emily suggested I leave as much of the toned paper exposed and just fill in the shadows and highlights I saw. Easily said than done. I struggled with coloring/filling in all the objects with charcoal. I squinted at my objects and decided to draw in the highlights first with white chalk. Then I squinted some more and started to draw in the shading and shadows with the charcoal. After 30 minutes, I started to see my creations take shape.
Here’s the end results:
I decided to make my own homework in between my weekly classes. I took a picture of this still life from class. I plan on reproducing additional drawings in different mediums. Practice, practice, and more practice. Look. Squint. Draw. Simple enough….
Paper used: Strathmore (400 series) Toned paper (brown)
My take away from class: not to think too much and just draw what I see.