Mike Rowe would agree: it's a dirty job. Reverse charcoal drawings, that is. Last week my honors studio art class began to cover their paper (and themselves) with charcoal. This drawing technique creates a dramatic effect and accentuates lights and darks in the drawing. The stubject matter is a bit of a challenge as well. I selected a 1970's style tuxedo men's shirt that is now pinned to the wall. (Below)
Students then began to sketch out the shirt in 3 different compositions. Even the thumbnail sketches make an interesting layout. Just look at Jennifer Palazola's sketches below.
Once the student had decided on the most successful composition, they began to use an eraser to draw that sketch on their prepared charcoal paper. The majority of this drawing is done with an eraser, charcoal and some white and grey tone pastels. Take a look at the beginning.
I am looking to showing you the finished products!
Even clean up is more interesting when we are using charcoal!