Charcoal Still Life

Attempt at charcoal still life one. I started out using the wrong thing – condensed charcoal which didn’t really blend or budge when erased. Learnt a few seconds later that it’s supposed to be used at the last stage to darken the deepest blacks. (Did not take a pic but might upload it sometime in the future)

So I flipped my paper around and this is attempt two.

I like working with charcoal. It’s a forgiving medium because no matter how dark you go, it’s easy to get those bright reflective spots again. I also enjoy how I don’t have to be super detailed with charcoal, because the nature of it makes everything look put together anyway.

I aim to improve on the clarity of each shape and background texture. The liquor bottle is also out of shape, with a fatter base than it should have. The ceramic vase in front of it is also not supposed to have such a fat base. I could also have put in more effort to make the background look like paper instead of blending out random strokes.

Side note: I think signing off your work is not pretentious, it adds that finishing touch that makes any mess look purposeful.

Till next class. 🙂

2 Replies to “Charcoal Still Life”

  1. Textures overall OK. But the objects are like squeezed together. Gotta to pay more attention to the space and size of objects. Look at Chardin:

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