It's been a long time since I picked up charcoal as a medium but I had a sudden urge to get those joyful sticks out today. Ok it was to help me work through some issues if truth be told.
I've also harboured a long held desire to draw life models but, fearing my drawing would not be up to scratch, never dared venture down that path.
As 2011 is a new year I decided my enthusiasm for charcoal should be used for something challenging so with a photo in hand for reference I gave it a go and conquered my fear............ It's not perfect but I am proud of my first attempt.
The photographs are at different exposures to see how dark i want to go with the shadow detail (i'm somewhere in the middle at the moment). I also need to decide if I want to keep this as a charcoal or bring oil paints into play........ decisions, decisions
Did you conquer any fears today?