These gourds are in the super markets during the autumn season. Their shapes and crazy textures make them fun to draw and a challenging project to develop an artist skill in rendering.
I started with a hb pencil and went to a softer 6b pencil; then after getting the shapes and basic shadows under control I began to work out the finer values with a hard charcoal pencil. I did a lot of going back and forth between the charcoal and the pencils.
I did a lot of blending with the stub and used the stub to carry material around the picture as if it was a soft pencil itself. The last major process was to use medium charcoal to give the deepest shadows. I finished with a go over of the finder details (few though they are) with the hb pencil to give some sharpness.
I am happy with the results. Charcoal is fun!
|September Gourds, Drawn In Charcoal.|
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