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Raven 3 by TransientArt Raven 3 by TransientArt


Sketch of raven done with charcoal on 6x6" vellum bristol board.



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Hannavos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
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youlittlemonkey Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Amazing:)
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011   General Artist
Love the lighs and the shadows here ^^
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Charcoal is amazing for creating depth and contrast =)
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The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   General Artist
Yeah it is ^^
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! Love the contrast. it's hard to do such a dark subject without it all becoming a big black blob.
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Especially with charcoal since it loves to get everyone (my hands, face, and clothes for example lol) Thanks =D
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ain't that the truth! I like charcoal, but don't like the dustiness of it. Same with pastels. Oil pastels are ok. Do you use a fixative when you work with the charcoal? I used it with pencil drawings and found it helpful. But not until I was at a certain point in the work. before that it was just dirty dirty hands.
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TransientArt Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I use a workable fixative when I work with any type of pencil or chalk. If it really gets super dusty and I want it all to stick I'll spray a light coat, let it dry then keep working. I always spray several light coats when I'm finished though, to the point where it doesn't smudge anymore, which is nice.

I'm fairly clean in my work station, I was my hands frequently while drawing, maybe once every hour or two. I tend to hold my compressed charcoal with a bit of tissue to help prevent it getting on my fingers as well. I have a main spot for most everything too, so I pick up a piece, use it, and then set it back gently into its place. Keeps me organized, more efficient, and best of all clean lol. When I'm getting really into though and it's totally spur of the moment, I tend to get a lot more messy haha. Having an Art Bin (tuber ware or sorts) is nice to keep my stuff organized. I've heard of some people drawing with cotton gloves actually, I've never really tried it though, I like having more feeling in my finger tips you know?

Another thing is I'll gently draw in layers with charcoal, not pressing it so hard that particles break off everywhere, then I'll blend it into the paper with a stump or tissue, I find this works pretty well to help with 'dust control'
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like a lot of what you do is what I wound up doing to. And I agree, cotton gloves would be a problem. Too distracting.
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