Charcoal Portraits with Other Media

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After experimenting with charcoal alone it’s fun to add other media into the mix, just to see what happens.

Here’s the effect from using red ink and a dropper. I left a few areas untouched on the lips for a lighter value and shine.

This “Rainy Day Girl” came about with some old black ink I found in a drawer. I just used the plastic tip on the cap to dab and draw in a few selected areas and it sort of worked. Wish I could cheer her up!

Finally, there’s my my latest extreme closeup made with a little help from a Conté stick. I’ve actually been using the white Conté to add more highlights to some of my previous work. It complements the charcoal nicely.

Out of these three,  I liked using red ink the best. Although it’s not forgiving, it makes an impact. A pop of red always does.

Have fun experimenting and remember to use a paper that can handle it all. I’ve found that the Strathmore 300 Series Mixed Media Pads or 300 Series Watercolor Paper handle the wet media nicely.

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!

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