I started this piece about two weeks ago when I wanted to try something complex and visually appealing. I found an image in a magazine that fit my purposes perfectly. I spent about two hours total working on these charcoal flowers. Here is the inspiration:
Sfogliatelle is an Italian pastry, and one of the hardest foreign foods to pronounce.
Trying out my hand with more charcoal, I took the photo at the local state park.
Just something I was working on to pass the time.
It was such a beautiful day on Sunday here in Minnesota, that when my daughter asked to play in her sandbox I could not say “no.” So, we headed out with my sketch pad and supplies; she built worlds and I drew them.
Here is my first real attempt at drawing with charcoal. I’ve done similar work in the past, but always with graphite, so this was a new experience for me. I found it was difficult to obtain the same level of detail, but this was also nice because I was not going for photorealism. I quickly realized that I have a habit of laying my hand on the paper as I work, but with charcoal this is a big no-no because it smudges so easy.