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.
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. 🙂
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
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