I was supposed to keep it sketchy and light - so I probably overdid the details a tad - but - copying!
anyway - charcoal. I love charcoal. I love the big bold lines, I love the lights and darks, I love the smudges (just a bit - not too much or it gets muddy!) I love the texture, I love the mess on my fingers… But… then I have a charcoal drawing. And while I love the mess on my fingers while I'm drawing - when I'm done drawing, I'm ready to be done with it. I hate putting charcoal in my sketchbook and getting my fingers, clothes, every other drawing messy every time I flip through the book. And storing a charcoal drawing is no better - it just gets all over everything it's near. So I never use charcoal. I never use pastel and I love pastel in the same way. It's a sad sad state of affairs.
So for this lab I dug around and found an ancient, ancient (seriously ancient) newsprint pad that already had charcoal drawings in it from high school (high school! I still have art supplies from high school! More than I care to admit really) To do these drawings. Such fun. And working large is so delicious. I never get to draw large like that anymore. I should do this more often. ya.