In the first two classes we worked with willow charcoal and compressed charcoal. In classes #3 and #4, we used conte crayons, and yesterday–in class #5–we moved on to pencils (4B and softer).
As with the last class, we started with thumbnail sketches to try to pin down our composition:
And…we all came to understand how quickly we’d been drawing with the previous mediums. Drawing with pencil is much slower. It takes longer to build up dark shading. And it’s just, overall, more painstaking somehow? You can get lost in small details with pencil in a way that is nearly impossible with charcoal. I wasn’t the only one who hadn’t finished my drawing by the end of class:
We’ll continue working in pencil next week. Homework assignment: scissors.