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Drawing Started: Lashonda Florescent

September 9, 2017

I’m staring a new charcoal drawing. This is my friend, Lashonda, who sat for me recently, back-lit by some florescent lights. I made a quick drawing study, and took some reference photos to work with later.

I used some tape to mask off two strips that will be the florescent lights in the background. I smoothed the background marks with brushes, and gave it a little more texture by lifting marks with a kneaded eraser. I’ll probably smooth it out more after I get the figure completed.

The surface is a 16 x 20″ illustration board that I’ve coated with a couple thin coats of plaster. The brushstrokes in the plaster help give it tooth and texture, and the soft plaster gives me a surface I can lightly scratch into to sharpen my charcoal lines. This works a little better than erasing, since it won’t smudge the charcoal.

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