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Old 09-26-2017, 12:36 PM
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"Autumn Road" WIP

Here's another drawing for an oil painting. It's willow charcoal on 24" x 36" stretched linen canvas. I'll post some updates of the painting as I go.
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This drawing is great! Looks like a blustery Late Autumn day
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I wonder where the path is going.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:51 PM
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Ah, that's the point of the painting, isn't it?
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Nice sketch. It is outdoorsy. Promises well for the painting.
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Re: "Autumn Road" WIP

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Here's another drawing for an oil painting. It's willow charcoal on 24" x 36" stretched linen canvas. I'll post some updates of the painting as I go.

I love this! How does charcoal act under oil? Is it hard to cover? Does it stay in place?
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:18 PM
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Re: "Autumn Road" WIP

Charcoal under oil paint is not much of a problem. It works its way into the oil paint generally without incident, although it will affect very light colors. Since I am focused on using the charcoal drawing to map out all of my values for the painting, the charcoal is only heavily used in the darkest shadows where it is not a problem to cover at all. I used to use pencil, but I find charcoal to be far better at establishing a range of values and it is faster to draw with than pencil. It is also FAR easier to remove when you've made a mistake in your drawing.
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Charcoal under oil paint is not much of a problem. It works its way into the oil paint generally without incident, although it will affect very light colors. Since I am focused on using the charcoal drawing to map out all of my values for the painting, the charcoal is only heavily used in the darkest shadows where it is not a problem to cover at all. I used to use pencil, but I find charcoal to be far better at establishing a range of values and it is faster to draw with than pencil. It is also FAR easier to remove when you've made a mistake in your drawing.

Thank you so much! I used to think charcoal is hard to work with but i'm starting to change my mind. Would you use it for a portrait drawing under oil?
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Yes, definitely. My last post was a portrait of sorts, since it is a heavily edited interpretation of a photo. It is on pg. 4 of this particular forum ("Hair Art Valkyrie in Red") and you can see the progression of paint over charcoal.

I like charcoal better than pencil because I find it to be similar to soft pastels, another medium I like very much. You can use your fingers to blend, smooth, lighten and otherwise affect the appearance of the medium to great effect. And again, one wipe with a damp cloth and every trace of the charcoal is removed from a primed canvas (a VERY useful feature!).

Try it on your next painting. I am certain you will like it. Willow charcoal comes in many different hardnesses and sizes, so you can easily find a type that works well for you.
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Yes, definitely. My last post was a portrait of sorts, since it is a heavily edited interpretation of a photo. It is on pg. 4 of this particular forum ("Hair Art Valkyrie in Red") and you can see the progression of paint over charcoal.

I like charcoal better than pencil because I find it to be similar to soft pastels, another medium I like very much. You can use your fingers to blend, smooth, lighten and otherwise affect the appearance of the medium to great effect. And again, one wipe with a damp cloth and every trace of the charcoal is removed from a primed canvas (a VERY useful feature!).

Try it on your next painting. I am certain you will like it. Willow charcoal comes in many different hardnesses and sizes, so you can easily find a type that works well for you.

I definitely will! Thank you for amazing advice!
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Re: "Autumn Road" WIP

Well, this one sat for awhile. So much going on throughout the last few months, all of it good, but left this one untouched for a couple months. Just now started painting over the last week, or so.
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You have maintained the fresh, outdoors feeling. That sky is tonally spot on. Nicely done.
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New title: Autumn Path with Birches...
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Old 01-27-2018, 05:26 PM
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Updated pic. Hopefully done soon...
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Still refining and grinding. Working decidedly left to right, mostly following the flow of the composition.
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