bunn (bunn) wrote,

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Smudgy things

I wanted to have a go with some medium that would offer a smudgy and smearable experience similar to charcoal, but in colour.  Also, I've been playing with charcoal for a while now, and I needed more sticks.

At the art supply shop, I found some natural willow charcoals. They are rather lovely - unlike the manufactured pressed charcoal, they look like natural sticks with knotholes and wiggles.

I tried them out by drawing some landscapes from holiday snaps. Top to bottom: Welsh hillside, Tintern Abbey with God Beams, rooftops of Istanbul.

I also got some sticks of pastel.  Goodness, they are bright, crumbly tricky things!  I'll spare you the worst ones where it all went horribly wrong and I bailed out swearing.   This was one of the early attempts that  I did actually finish. I quite like the smudgy beach background but you can see that I really haven't got the hang of drawing with the fat flaky sticks.   Mollydog (ginger) is particularly stiff and oddly shaped.

  I decided that something with more shades and less fiddly detail might be the way to go, so as there were cows about, I drew a cow.  If you are wondering why her horns are so asymmetrical, that wasn't me. That was her: cow with the crumpled horn!    I have got her eyes a bit squonk though.

Possibly the answer to the detail thing is just use bigger paper.  This picture of a grown up Cottia (from Eagle of the Ninth) on a horse in autumn was on A3, and I quite like it although my brain keeps insisting it must be a picture from the Wild West because of the colour scheme.   I have a story that this fits into but whether I'm going to actually get it finished and include this scene, who knows.  Something not quite there about the horse's front legs possibly.


I was quite pleased with this attempted portrait of a grown up Cottia.  It doesn't quite look like the random photo that I chose as a model, but I think it does look like an actual person.   Eyes a bit too big probably and I think her mouth is too far down her chin, but still.
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Then I decided I would have a go at Cunoval (Esca's father from Eagle of the Ninth) in charcoal.  With a hound, of course.  And a torc.  At some point I am going to write a story about Cunoval's part in valiantly vanquishing the horrible Ninth Legion.

Philmophlegm feels he looks too much like Lionel Richie, but I maintain that this is because Lionel Richie looks too much like the Dying Gaul.  Again, huge eyes.  I have real problems making eyes the right size.

Tags: arty stuff, charcoal, pastels

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