January 27, 2013

Falling Shed

My recently completed pencil drawings have been painstakingly rendered with tiny details. This is most easily accomplished over original sketches done in pencil without too many heavy marks. Other sketches, however, were done in conte pencil or inks. I take a different approach for finishing the conte sketches since pencil doesn’t work well over this medium. For these, I’m using black charcoal or pastel with plenty of textured eraser marks. I can work very quickly with these and with dramatic contrasts. The drawing above was done with black pastel and small highlights of white. It is of a collapsing shed somewhere in rural South Carolina. Since the original was done so long ago, I’m quite certain the shed has completed its fall.

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