I was moved to do a charcoal sketch of my Maine Coon, Orlando, by something I read in a book.
It was in “Portrait Drawings by John Singer Sargeant”, and said, “…instead of time- consuming oil paintings he came to prefer charcoal drawings that could be produced in a single sitting about two hours in length. From 1910 to his death in 1925 he made over 500 such drawings, while painting fewer than 30 oil portraits”.
I find using charcoal a somewhat difficult, smudgey exercise, but I love it as it is so quick, and you can work in “mass” (areas of darks and lights) as opposed to just “line” very easily.
Let me know what you think please?
I am an artist making work mostly of animals and people, specialising in oil painting and soft pastel. Three cats live with me – Maine Coon Orlando, Bengal Pandora and black moggy Rio.
If you’re interested in commissioning me for a portrait or purchasing any of my work, please contact me.
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