Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2nd entry for Apr. 29, 2012

These are a 15-minute and a 20-minute study done on 22 x 20" sheets of Maidstone rag paper. Both are done with hard Nobel compressed charcoal.
It has been a near article-of-faith of mine that the way to achieve a smoother grain of shading on a paper is having a soft pad beneath it, so the paper can flex under the shading tool, allowing more surface contact.
On these two I worked directly on smoothly sanded plywood with no padding beneath. The top one is using the smooth side of the paper, and the lower one using the more fluffy side, It generated sone different textures, and not-uninteresting ones at that, I felt. They have a more crisp, `graphic' feel, to me.
Just goes to show - it's good to try all sorts of stuff, and rule nothing out 'til you've tried it.

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