Friday, April 16, 2010

The Portrait Drawing - Charcoal



Here's another time-lapse video of a portrait drawing I completed recently. I used vine charcoal and charcoal pencils on a piece of paper toned with watercolors. A clean paint brush and paper towels (Bounty) were used to unify and/or blend the charcoal. Several erasers were also employed, the most useful for this drawing being the eraser pencil - a Faber-Castell Perfection 7056. (How can you go wrong when your tools are perfect? - and not only perfect. . . the 7056th iteration of perfection!!  Keep it up Faber-Castell.)

The music really makes the video. It is from David Tolk again - a very talented musician. "To the Limit" is the song. I hope you enjoy it.

18 comments:

  1. Impressive demo, and I was astounded by your casual wiping away of several layers as you were drawing, leaving just the impression of each layer. You achieve a rich softness from this- can you explain your reasoning as you wipe away? Also what paper did you use, and what color did you tone the paper? At first I thought it a dull, too dark color, but I see the bright luminosity that resulted from it.
    Thanks for the great demo!

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  2. Kurt, Macy and I just watched this. You are truly amazing!

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  3. Thanks Erica - Of course one advantage of hi-speed is that the many errors and corrections are harder to detect ; )

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  4. Thank you for this amazing video and information. I learned a lot and inspiring me to try

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  5. I have seen this work in person, and it is exquisite, truly.

    L.O.

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