Yesterday I drew a picture of Akon using charcoal.
I’m actually not totally in love with it, but I feel I learned a some from the process so I’m sharing it anyway.
I like charcoal because I work faster using it — you can get dark darks much quicker, and it’s harder to erase so it makes you commit to your marks more. But it’s also frustrating because it gets dark so quickly.
With Akon being a black dog, the drawing started out as a big black mess, too dark too fast. I almost just shut my sketchbook in frustration and walked away.
But then I had to give myself my art teacher pep talk (there are no mistakes in art, there is nothing that can’t be redeemed, no mistakes only opportunities, no giving up!). So I left the drawing for a moment, breathed a little, and came back. This time I used my kneaded eraser more than the charcoal stick. In doing so, I was able to lift away some of the darkness and to blend. I experimented with using my eraser in different ways — dabbing mainly. Now I am more satisfied with the finished product, though I don’t think I’ll be framing it or anything. But I do feel like I’ve learned more about using charcoal.
It’s from a picture of him emerging from water, that’s why you don’t see his whole body.
No mistakes! Only opportunities! (That was the motto of my elementary mentor teacher’s art classroom — wise lady)