Thursday, 11 March 2010

Day 59: Charcoal Black

I came up with this idea a couple of days ago - white paper was mentioned and my mind immediately jumped to charcoal. I love drawing with charcoal. It can be very messy but I love that you can blend it and make shadows and stuff - I never could get pencil to smudge and shade softly enough for my liking! I'm by no means an artist but I do enjoy it from time to time and I think this photo conveys some of what I love about charcoal. It's black. I'm strange - I love black. I love the contrast between the black and white, I love the boldness of the writing because I pressed hard to get that solid blackness - but even then there is a soft unfinished edge to it which is a combination of the rough paper and the nature of the charcoal - definite lines aren't really achievable nor desired. And you can see some of the tiny bits that break off when you draw and normally get blown away. I also like the fine lines behind it - they are deliberate because I wanted to show what a mess it can make and show that the sticks were just dropped there over and over until they made an interesting pattern and they were picked up repeatedly and they make their mark every time. Makes it more natural to me in a way I can't quite explain.

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