Monday, May 23, 2011

2nd Entry for May 8, 2011

I stayed on for the longer sitting that afternoon. The top study is roughly 2 hours, and the lower one is a 20-minute study. The one above is on a 22 x 30" sheet of Japanese paper, and the lower one on an 18 x 24" sheet of the same paper.
The upper one has dramatic  shading and more detail, but is edging into being a little `fussy' in its handling.  The the lower one is more direct and has more `breathing space' in it, but could have a bit more resolution of values, especially on the dark end.
It has been striking me lately that somewhere between these two poles - too much time and too little - lies the best possibility for the freshest longer drawings.
Both are done with hard compressed charcoal.

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