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Still Life in Charcoal and Graphite

( Excuse the pun; I just couldn’t resist! ) 🙂

In Mid -January, when nature can be less than immediately inspiring, I often turn to  doing still life work. I enjoy setting up objects & photographing, as much as I do sketching—not to mention rooting around thrift shops for interesting pieces that I might want to include! It usually takes me a few tries to get the arrangement & lighting I want, but occasionally something just falls together. This combo of shapes seemed to be a natural, & the available window light was fine.

I’d planned a graphite sketch, but soon realized charcoal would be better for the background because it blends so easily.  I ended up doing almost the whole thing in charcoal, with a few details in graphite. General’s charcoal pencil 4B , and a charcoal stick , “Soft” , were used for most of the sketch, and blended with a tortillion.
The paper was a smooth illustration board. ( Have had it around for a long time, but to my best knowledge it’s Strathmore Hot Press.)

NOTE: All images and text in this post are Copyright K. A. Renninger 2012. I am more than happy to have you share them through your own blog, and hope you will do so—but you must give me credit. Anyone who uses them to make money will be prosecuted.