To Smudge or Not to Smudge? – That is the Question.

To smudge or not to smudge?  That is the question when working with charcoal.  And if you were expecting some New Age Magic topic…  Well, sorry I am talking about charcoal renderings.

Practice exercise of the nose in charcoal on charcoal paper

Practice exercise of the nose in charcoal on charcoal paper

Smudging, smearing, rubbing, smoothing, and blending…
That’s what I am talking about when I say charcoal rendering…

Uh, and since my friend, Farren Robinson the poet, isn’t here to write another poem for me, perhaps I had better stick to just plain writing here and sharing a few photos of the projects that I have been doing this semester.  Some are better than others, but this is all part of the process of becoming a better artist.  One has to practice and learn not to be afraid to make a few blunders here and there.  One also needs to be willing to show their projects to close friends, family, and a few thousand strangers like here on WordPress.  🙂

Practice exercise on eye construction and rendering

Practice exercise on eye construction and rendering

Practice exercise on the construction of the mouth

Practice exercise on the construction of the mouth

Practice exercise of constructing the ear, which is surprisingly complex.

Practice exercise of constructing the ear, which is surprisingly complex.

Another important concept to understand and practice is how fabric falls and drapes.
Another important concept to understand and practice is how fabric falls and drapes.

Not everyone will like what you do.  That is a reality of any artistic endeavor, but learning how to deal with these potential rejections is an important part of becoming an artist.  Artists have to learn how to sift out the useless criticism and honestly evaluate the productive criticism.  A person willing to be truthful with an intelligent perspective can be very valuable to an artist.  So far all of my instructors for my graduate studies have been this kind of person much to my delight and relief.

I hope you have

The Human body has lots of little curves, dips, and folds.

The Human body has lots of little curves, dips, and folds.

enjoyed a few photos of the projects and exercises that I have done so far this semester, and perhaps when it is over, I will have a few more to share.

G. Winkler ©2013

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Gretchen Winkler is a Writer, Artist, Radio Show Co-Host, Costume Designer, and ordered Knight. For the past 20 years she has authored several informational websites, started several technical companies, and has been an avid student of art, literature, history, technology.

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