Thursday, 23 June 2011

Charcoal Drawings

I have a love/hate relationship with charcoal. I love what other people can do with it and generally hate what I do! But in my new spirit of 'try anything, practice more' I did these.

I don't hate them! Which is a step in the right direction I guess... I scanned these rather than photographed them - I'm not sure about the result - back to the camera next time I think.


  1. I think they're great sketches. Charcoal is useful for really quick sketches I think because one stick has a whole lot of thicknesses you can use. Messy though! But maybe that's just me.

  2. Thank you! Messy is not just you... those clouds started out as fingerprints, and as for my face...

    And I nearly knocked myself out sealing them with hairspray - how do people spray that at their heads???!!

  3. hairspray is terrific for sealing, isn't it? I always had some cheap-as-chips spray in my classrooms, the parents must have wondered why seeing as my hair never seemed to benefit.

    I'm very impressed with your try everything attitude, your kids have a great role model!


Helen Smith, artist and maker in glass, print and stitch.


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