Sunday, January 25, 2009
What a Difference Charcoal Makes!
Thought I'd share one of the things that I think makes an amazing difference in my paintings--charcoal. The top image is missing the footstool, the tree, Kelly's lips--and charcoal.
Regular matte medium gives enough tooth to use charcoal, as do matte paints (whether cheap or expensive). I usually smudge the charcoal with my fingers, although you can use a paper stump--amazingly enough, the two give totally different results! If you don't like your results, a damp cloth or baby wipe (my favorite) will completely remove the charcoal. If you like what you've done, a light coat of Krylon's Workable Fixative will set the charcoal and allow you to paint over it if you wish.
(Note: the first picture was taken with a camera in natural light, the second was scanned. This accounts for the glare on the first one.)