I see you

My first experiment with charcoal. Stumbled upon charcoal sticks at a bookstore recently, so picked them up, and here's the attempt.

Charcoal behaves quite unlike how I expected it to. It deposits a thin and very loosely held layer of charcoal on paper. You can almost smudge it by blowing hard. Since the sticks are pretty blunt, it's very hard to get fine details right. Hopefully I'll figure it out the best way to use them in the next few attempts.



The idea is that I'm imagining I can see everyone who reads this page though this eye. (Is that creepy?)

Comments

  1. Thats line's creepy and a little lame.

    But even an artless person like me can appreciate this because its pretty good for something you're trying out for the first time.

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  2. This is only creepy because I have this incessant habit of sketching eyes. Give me a pen, paper and some free time (in college, it used to be boring lectures) and I'll start sketching eyes rightaway! Nevertheless, this is a neat attempt with charcoal! :)

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  3. @monotony: Thing is that I haven't seen most of the (surprisingly) regular readers of this blog. Hence force-fitted that idea to the sketch.

    @Farah: Yea, looks shocked, right?

    @Avanti: Eyes give the most return-on-effort. Easier than, say, a mouth or nose, yet a well sketched eye gives a lot more character to the portrait. And thanks :)

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  4. ok..unrelated, but i sorta had a dream abt painting last night! sometimes, i so wish i cd draw n paint :)

    lol @ the second comment. n i totally second it ;)
    tho for a medium u're unused to, it seems neat!

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  5. Stunning. Very very cool! You make me want to sketch too :P

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  6. @Nikita: So you're not gonna tell what you were painting in your dream? And don't be so cheap, I'm sure you can afford a few pencils, papers and colors. Thats all you need to draw and paint.

    And may you have a nightmare of this staring eye. (I think I can rectify it by making the pupil smaller, but that will imply soiling my hands again :|)


    @Azra: Whenever I see a bad sketch, I feel I should sketch too, coz I can sure do better than that. Glad to provide similar inspiration to you. :)

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  7. good work. :)

    and i dont know how u cudnt find sharpened charcoal! We use charcoal pencils and they are thinner... they get blunt though very often... but not too blunt not to get finer details !

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  8. @Mou: Thanks :) I wasn't actually searching for them, just came across these charcoal sticks in a bookstore. These were the only ones I could find there. They're solid sticks without any covering around the body, so have to wrap a newspaper around them just to hold without blackening my fingers.

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  9. Nice. I appreciate your attempts at trying out new things every now and then. This blog is right up there when it comes to keeping reader loyalty.

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  10. Why stop at just the eye? Would have liked to see the whole face...

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  11. @Ravi: Thanks :) A comment from you after a really long time. :)

    @Rambler: Since I was new to charcoal, I wanted to take a big subject, rather than something that required a lot of detail. Will try a full portrait with a pencil soon hopefully.

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  12. Yup a bit creepy...in fact quite creepy.

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  13. You sketched it? And what was the objective?

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  14. @numerounity: Yes, I sketched it. Maybe the objective was to scare people. :P

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  15. weird idea. nice eye. i used to draw eyes and aliens on walls. Thanks for the visit :D

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  16. @mikimbizi: Lol bout the idea.. and the visit was my pleasure. :)

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  17. Good one....though a bit creepy but nothing like someone stare back at you. The sketch gives the feeling as if someone is peeping.

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  18. Good one....though a bit creepy but nothing like someone stare back at you. The sketch gives the feeling as if someone is peeping.

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  19. @Shas: Lol.. Peeping Tom?! Didn't think of that!

    @Shas: Lol.. Peeping Tom?! Didn't think of that!

    :P

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  20. AS far as eyes go - u got a good eye!

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