Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday afternoon sketch

Bask, 10 x 13", mixed media

This sketch was done in a few hours using Conte pastels and charcoal over oil-primed paper. I have a GIANT roll of white drawing paper, so I'm trying to find the best way to use it. 

It's much easier to work on a mid-value background than white, so I started by priming the paper with oil paint and letting it dry. It took a little getting used to. The charcoal and pastel didn't blend or smear the way I am used to, nor did it erase easily. I may have brushed the oil paint on too heavily becasue it took a week to dry. Overall, despite the frustration, I think the effect is nice. I'm looking forward to experimenting more with this paper.

I'm curious; what do you use for your drawings? Do you ever prime your drawing paper? If so, do you use charcoal, oil paint, watercolor, or something else? If you use oil, what is your process?

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