The value of studying grayscale.
This post from 2017 elicited a response from Kurt Chambers whose quotation appears below. His comment is published immediately after the post.
“The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of mankind.” Kurt Chambers, author of children’s books.
( Gesso and Stabilo pencil with acrylic in Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journal).
Grayscale or monochromatic sketches are useful in determining the gradations of light, and dark areas on a figure.
One in a series of charcoal sketches, this study in values was completed for an online course this year with Kara Bullock.
A study in values: charcoal is effective with other mediums.
Charcoal is versatile because it can be mixed with other mediums with stunning results. Although I love charcoal, I can’t see myself using it on a daily basis. It is just too messy for me.
Quick timed value studies are good practice and charcoal sticks are suited to this purpose if the artist can look past the dust they generate.
I use plastic gloves and keep the vacuum close by to collect all the dust. A good fixative is a must as well otherwise, the charcoal will smear. When there is poor ventilation (no windows) as in my basement room, charcoal is fun to work with occasionally.
To be sure, charcoal has its uses. For me, the main purpose is to practise values for portrait work.
Finally, I include a study that was never published.