Drawing of my lovely friend Danielle… Charcoal on 14″ x 11″ Paper.
I decided to do a portrait of the late Chadwick Boseman with charcoal on 14″ x 11″ paper. He has been in so many great films aside from the well-known “Black Panther” movie. An interesting fact about this man is that Denzel Washington payed his way to the prestigious British American Drama Academy while he was still a student at Howard University. It was great that he saw the talent in this young man.
A commission portrait done with charcoal. This will be shipped off next week to a new mom! She is very excited to be receiving this. Capturing innocence is always a challenge.
Yesterday evening, my husband and I watched the news and observed how different parts of the world were dealing with the pandemic. I decided, with the spare time we now have, to do this one hour sketch of him with Derwent’s XL Blocks and Generals charcoal pencil. I hope that everyone is safe! Remaining hopeful and positive is the best way to get through this time, and we will!
12″ x 12 Paper
This is a part of a new series of drawings I am working on along side with my paintings.
Charcoal on 11″ x 14″ paper
I enjoy experimenting with charcoal and creating interesting textures. I was not going to use the white chalk, as I think too much use of it can inadvertently cool the painting and destroy the delicateness of a drawing. I decided to go ahead and play with the white chalk anyway because there wasn’t enough contrast and variations in tones since I drew this on a lighter toned paper. I still prefer to draw on a medium-ranged toned paper. I decided to use my imagination for most of the landscape. The tree, however, is based on one I saw in a garden. I admired the strangely angled branches and the moss covering the leaves, as if it had a story to tell.
I could not get an image like this off of my mind so I decided to draw it. I would love to focus on clouds using toned paper.
Charcoal drawing on toned paper: https://vanessawithun.com