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Photo Study from Time mag (1st attempt at charcoal

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pinkfloyddarkside55Student General Artist
As a whole ...this is really good. :) I feel it needs more values. And as one of my art teaches likes to say, "Use high quality paper to present your work." I find myself looking at the lined paper which takes away from you well drawn figure. 
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Thanks, your critiques are greatly appreciated, it's the whole reason I'm putting this stuff up.  Yeah I definitely should have used better paper. This was my first charcoal so I thought it was gonna be something I wouldn't show but I guess I got excited about how well it came out and was ignoring the lines(along with probably a bunch of other mistakes), but after you pointed that out it's about the only thing I'm noticing.  Completely right about the values, do you know anythinga bout hitting the midtones with charcoal? Once again thanks for the input. 
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pinkfloyddarkside55Student General Artist
No problem ... I have my first finished charcoal piece posted: "Spike Cowboy Bebop" You can see it for an example for what I'm going to try to explain. Um ...these are some of my techniques: 

I use different grade charcoal pencils ...2B, 4B and 6B to create different values. I use a white charcoal pencil or my tombo micro-eraser for highlights. Paper stumps and tortillons to blend. 

I use 2B to do the 1-4 values. I go over the light values gently with the 2B charcoal and then blend. 

Mid-tones are tricky but I use the 2B and 4B to create them. I start off pressing gently and then I put more pressure into the pencil but try to keep it light because when you blend them with a paper stump the value can get darker. I feel the blending process is what creates the gradation between the values. 

I use the 6B to bring out the dark values 6-10. Using a paper stump or tortillon to blend the dark values can make them lighter but if that happens you can go over it gently with 6B.
 
These are my techniques and they work for me and I hope they help you too. However I also suggest to play with the charcoals because you might come up with better ones. Also try using Charcoal paper that comes in a gray tone or another color besides white. By using the gray tone paper your mid-tone values are already created and the results are awesome. "Spike Cowboy Bebop" was done on gray charcoal paper.

P.S. Even though you drew the "photo study from time mag" on lined paper ....I still think you did a great job. You captured the essence of the solider. 

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22foxcoStudent General Artist
awesome thanks for the input, it next tme I use the charcoal.
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dave-simonStudent Digital Artist
Nice work! I am a dummy! 
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22foxcoStudent General Artist

thanks man.

 

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