Thursday, November 24, 2011

3rd Entry for Nov. 14, 2011

These are a 15-minute study above and a 25-minute one below.  The top one is done with hard compressed charcoal on 18 x 24"cartridge paper, while the lower one is he same U-Art charcoal on a 21 x 29" sheet of Strathmore paper.
For the larger paper, it seems that 25-30 minutes is the optimum time frame; the greater rigidity of the surface means it takes that little bit longer to lay shading down. On a smaller sheet I'm reaching the overkill point around the 20-minute mark - at least for this sort of direct study with minimal background.
...Which is slightly challenging, as almost all the drop-in sessions I get to go no further than 20 minutes at the top end.

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