A study of white chalk on black paper

So I’ve just finished my Tony Stark project but saw a most excellent tutorial on drawing Thor on black card but felt I’d like to try my own example and, well, here you go….

I think this looks awesome and took me not long at all so I’ll have to try more of this.

Drawing Tony Stark in charcoal

Hey, so after my lesson last night on chalk and charcoal drawing, I thought I’d have a go at another tutorial on portraits in that medium and as I’ve given it a bit of a rest so far, here’s what I’ve got at the moment (I bought some fixative for when it’s finished so it doesn’t get messy).

And yes, I do have Avengers bedsheets…Thanks mum :s

Mount Rushmore in charcoal

Many years ago I took a white ford van for 6 weeks around the United States and obviously I saw many things….and, will probably draw lots of them but I thought I’d try somewhere I’ve been in charcoal and well…that kind of monument in South Dakota seemed perfect, so here’s my attempt. Charcoal is really quite nice and easy to smear….now that has it’s good and bad side. I must also say, you really should visit….it’s much smaller than you’d imagine.

Here it is, sans the odd actor approaching for photos.

First try with charcoal…

It’s messy isn’t it?….But when you get past that, it is a lovely medium for drawing with. I spent an hour or so looking at some tutorials and then decided to give it a go myself so here are my first efforts with charcoal. 1. an eye and 2. My quick attempt at the Lincoln statue in Washington DC. It really can get very dark, which is great…..

I do like how dark charcoal can get.
I actually enjoy photographing this beautiful statue in DC.

A new medium….

Hey, so the last drawing I did just, in my opinion, lacked the darkness and depth I like so I thought I’d try out a new medium….This being charcoal as I’ve heard good and bad things about it and here are my tools:

As you can see, as usual, I’ve gone with some Derwent pencils as they tend to be really good (I sound like I’m advertising; I’m not, I just know what works for me) and a Winsor & Newton sketch pad. Both of them are awesome and if you don’t have an art store next door to you….like me, They can be get by sites like Amazon. Really worth it though.