Well, I take it all back. Pencil sketches can be masterpieces. At the Vancouver Art Gallery on Thursday I saw an exhibit of the most wonderful pencil, charcoal, pastel and conte crayon drawings done by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Seurat, Redon, and so many more of the Impressionist painters. I was gobsmacked at the simplicity and beauty of them, particularly the charcoal sketches. I have never worked in charcoal before, so I bought myself some pencils, and decided to give it a try. I did a little video of the work in progress:
And here is the finished product, which is embarrassingly bad, but I learned a lot of things as I went along, one of which is "less is more". Too much charcoal is not necessarily better than not enough... But, it's a start, and it's a lot of fun. Just don't expect to see my work on the wall of an art gallery any time soon.