I've never been taught to draw,
I just seem to muddle through
with pencil and rubber in hand.
Emphasis on the rubber as it's used an awful lot.
When I did the inking workshop
the teacher gave a a quick
101 of drawing with charcoal
and how to find shapes in things
and go from there.
So I decided to buy some charcoal.
I should have known what was to come
as I was covered in it by the time I got to the shop counter.
I pulled out my drawers (no not those ones,
the ones you store things in)
and put an old flip chart on it.
Do you remember the old flip charts
before computers came in and ruined the fun?
My desk today.....
Well two desks in fact
as I'm doing some more inking on my fishy painting.
You can see my Charlie in the background,
the black came through onto his face and now I'll
have to paint over bits of his face to fix him.
My first attempt to fix him is here,
note how the colour has changed on his face.
Here is my attempt to draw
without pencil and rubber
and just charcoal in hand.
No, I'm not that good,
this is the picture I'm using to do a still life from.
Here's my attempt in stages
I've done my shapes and now I'm trying to refine them.
Note the fingers, getting a tad black.
It's starting to look a bit better.
This is where things get a bit hairy
or should I say black.
This stuff is getting everywhere,
my face, my hair, just everywhere.
It might pay to note that one should not scratch one's nose
when playing with charcoal...
Here's where I am at the moment
still a way to go and I'm not sure
if the room can take much more blackness.
My computer keyboard is covered in it
and oops, just rubbed my eye, oh no.
The moral of the story is
if you are blonde, don't use charcoal,
especially in a white house!!!
There's my mess for the week,
now why not hop on over to
and see much cleaner desks
from around the world.
P.S. How wonderful that we have a new prince.