Exercise: Dramatic Marks
Base layer of black laid down in compressed charcoal, rubbed in. Marks made with putty rubber lifting out colour and additional marks on top with willow charcoal. Continued process of lifting out and adding charcoal.
I like the variety in the depth of the tones of black and the strength and softness of the different lines. It reminds me of a dramatic snow-filled storm on a winter night.
Pencil and Graphite Stick
4B Graphite Stick to lay down the base layer, then 6B pencil and graphite stick used to add marks, putty rubber and ordinary rubber used to lift out marks.
At the start of this exercise I wasn’t happy with the effect as it seemed much less dramatic than the charcoal piece. However, with continued working and using the ordinary rubber as well, I think the dramatic effect improved.
The putty rubber didn’t seem to lift out as much as I expected. I expected it to be more like an ordinary rubber, to be able to completely remove any colour or line, but it didn’t seem as defined as this.