Sunday, June 26, 2011

Charcoal Underdrawing

For quite a while now, Daniel has encouraged me to do an underdrawing in charcoal because he thought I'd really like it. I finally did it and it turns out he was right - I love working with charcoal. It is so rich and adds such depth to the drawing, not to mention being so wonderfully tactile as I smear the charcoal with my fingers over the very textured surface. LOVE IT!!

I've sprayed her with a few layers of workable fixative to that I can work over her with some color washes. Can't wait to see the end result. Of course, I'll share that with you...

In the meantime, I hope you are all having a beautiful and relaxing Sunday!


  1. Your blog is interesting, has left a great impression.
    Best wishes

  2. She looks wonderful. Will look forward to seeing how she looks with the color washes.

  3. Liebe Silke,

    jetzt kann ich reibungslos kommentieren, eben klappte es nicht.

    Bei uns wird es wärmer und
    wärmer. Manchen ist es schon zu
    heiß. Es sind so um 30 Grad.

    Herzliche Grüße
    Angela und Elisabeth

  4. We can't feel the texture, but we can sure see your work! Very nice Silke! :-)

  5. Yeah, that´s really good. Allways try somthing new...

  6. She looks wonderful,
    Great work!

  7. almost knocked me off my feet with this one. Hands down...this is my FAVORITE from you! She is absolutly magnificent!
    Wonderful work, glad you listened to Daniel:>)
    xoxo Diane

  8. Hallo Silke, toll. Ich habe Anfang Juni auch mit Zeichenkohle gearbeitet und bin ebenfalls begeistert von diesem Material. Das wird auch nicht das letzte Mal gewesen sein. Alles Liebe und weiterhin gutes Gelingen, Inge

  9. You've done a wonderful job with her!

  10. I like this result very much - shows a lot of dimensions and expression.

    Yes, it's been hotter than "H" which is why we get up at 6 am to get our walk done early and be back in the house no later than 8:30 or 9 and then we spend pretty much all day inside, but at least we get our daily walk and a few short sprints. Gizzy is very good at endurance snoozing ;-)

  11. She is amazing and has this wonderful ability to draw you in.

  12. This is exquisite Silke..almost looks like it is etched in beautiful textured stones of the sacred earth!

  13. Oh me goodness, oh me goodness, oh me goodness!!! Can you tell how much this piece excites me!!! How many layers are there to you, Oh Beautiful One? I do love how you grow and grow. Such an honor to watch you become who you were meant to be.
    **blows kisses** Deb