Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Very good job!
I find it very refreshing to see an artist who can draw a horse correctly.
Do you have an kneaded eracer? It looks like clay and can be molded into a fine point. I always have one handy when working on sketchs and pastels.
Use a blending stump and your finger. Always start out lightly, then go darker, blend by rubbing the charcoal outward into the light. Use the kneaded eracer to lift the charcoal from the paper or just erace. I have charcoal pencils and sticks of different hardness. The sticks are good for larger areas. Get very soft charcoal for the darkest areas.
I use several different kinds of eracers, pencil, rubber (big soft yellow one for cleaning up ), and kneaded. I even us a drafting eracer which can be sharpened into a tip with my pencil sharpener.
Be carefull not to damage the tooth of the paper by eracing too much.
You can achieve very fine details with charcoal, just take your time with it.
I also give it a final spray with fixative to protect it.
Spray fixative really smells bad, my husband only complains about odor when I use that. The dog even sneezes and leaves the room. I really smell my house up, wood burning, paint, paint thinner, polyureathane, spray paint so on and so forth.
Just have fun.
It's always a good day when you wake up, don't sweat the small stuff.