Using charcoal, these are 3-5 minute drawings of a still-life composition. The point was to try not to dwell on details, rather respond freely with the charcoal to draw lines to mimic the movement of your eye over the objects. I find it unnatural to be so spontaneous in my drawings, as the drawing I use for my flower paintings is very considered. I'm also not used to the medium of charcoal as I haven't used charcoal since high school art class !
These drawings were using charcoal and took around 5 or 6 minutes each, again of a still-life composition. The point was to block in shadow areas and define the light and dark areas in the subject using "massed gesture lines" and to spatially define the form using light and dark without too much detail. I found this exercise enjoyable and am getting happier with the results of this spontaneous type of drawing style. I think I've been able to convey a bit of a sense of tone and illusion in this series of drawings within a short time limit. I'm trying to not be afraid or intimidated of the boldness of the charcoal medium. I've been trying to keep my eyes on the subject as much as possible and am starting to get the hang of the tonal capabilities of charcoal without needing to smudge it everywhere !
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.