Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Francisco Head Drawing 3

This is another example of charcoal on paper with vine. I've used a lot more vine than the other two drawings and have used a soft haired filbert brush to move the vine around to achieve the subtle edges in his hair and beard.

One of the hardest things to do on white paper is getting a nice even light half-tone. Usually the paper marks up and you're forced to go darker to cover it up. It's a good idea to try out a lot of different papers (hot pressed, cold pressed) and different paper surface textures. I mostly use very smooth papers, not too smooth that there isn't anything for the charcoal to grab onto though.

Learning to use a medium like charcoal requires one to not want to overly control it. Knowing how to construct the figure is key to not messing up while you 'paint' with charcoal.


  1. i recognize him! nice drawing and some nice advice too. keep up the awesome work Hope!

  2. Hope, when you say white paper, do you mean drawing paper...or perhaps charcoal paper? What type of surface? Smooth, medium, or rough?

    Your work is very inspirational to me and I have been studying your drawings - especially the gestures.

    Thank you!


  3. Hi Tim,

    Thank you. The paper is strathmore white charcoal paper. It's pretty smooth. For greater detailed drawings I use a smoother, harder surfaced paper.