New year started some time ago but today I finally got my act together and posted all the things
I've done from May 2013 (I would've done and posted more, but still am waiting for permissions from
some artists to use their works).
Anyway the second half of last year taught me a lot about what I can do - thanks to 13 months
of work in a company that manufactures hearing aids I know now that I can sculpt (which I
couldn't do before, but I guess that practice makes perfect), I've gained that sense of 3D
space (although it cost me a lot since manufactory like this tend to be the same here as they are
in China - unthinkable working conditions, extremely low pay, and when it comes to occupational
safety... well, they've probably never heard about it).
I've also learned that one can needle felt almost everything, and it really helps when you've had a bad
day and you feel like stabbing something
Knitting and crocheting also revealed more of their secrets, as did tatting, although I thought that
the last one haven't had anything more to reveal.
I've been doing a lot of other things lately and one of them was and still is going back to drawing
- I just can't resist when I look at my supply of willow charcoal.
And when it comes to charcoal in general I might've found the reason why so many drawings
went wrong. It's because of the charcoal I used most in the past - it was artificial.
I mean sure - charcoal pencils are nice when you want to draw something as if it was graphite
you were using. But it just doesen't smudge as nice as willow or vine and there's always this line
that is left when you try to push it into the paper. So no Derwent, Cretacolor or Koh-I-Noor for me,
just plain stuff, made by me because I find it to be of better quality than the stuff you can buy.
When it comes to pencils I really do love tinted charcoal. And there's quite a range of Chinese
stuff that is surprisingly good - I bought a huge amount of powdered charcoal. It's very efficient -
I did a drawing once that required a lot of dark skies and used maybe 1/4 of a teaspoon. Since
this stuff is granulated a couple of granules fell to the floor (I think it was no more than 3 or 4 actually).
I spent the rest of the day rubbing and scraping the floor, and when I tried to wash it of it only got worse xD
I finally managed to get rid of those black smudges but at some point I thought that painting the floor boards
will be the only thing that'll help.
Chalk - or "white charcoal" as some tend to call it is nice to use if you manage to get a non-white
paper, but finding a fixative that wont disintegrate it is a different story...
That'll be all for now as I'm still testing some new kinds of paper.