I think the best way for me to enter any drawing is with a malleable plan. The drawing looks and feels different as an outline and changes to something with a pulse when those lines are filled in. Charcoal has been my primary medium as of lately because it gives me the opportunity to loosen up, something I don’t really get when doing a graphite drawing. The decapitated theme continues until I feel the body deserves a head. List of materials: generals charcoal pencil 6B, Nitram charcoal stick soft, primed watercolor paper, mineral spirits and an old brush. Here are process shots…if you have any questions, please ask
Here are a few drawings that I did while at my residency in Gettysburg. They served the purpose of getting ideas out quickly. I spent maybe a day on each and did not pay much attention to form and value. I hope to complete more and create paintings out of my favorites. I am building steps, from preliminary sketches to paintings.