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Thread: Charcoal Attempt

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    Charcoal Attempt

    I used to love working with that messy stuff. Thought I'd see how well AR emulates it. Have to adapt a little, but, I think I'm liking the results. What do you guys think?
    "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams

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    PWQuack I think you did a great job on this. Well done.
    Valerie

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    Wow that is really well done. I have used charcoal only a little bit, and didn't enjoy it one bit!
    -Dave

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    Just one beautiful piece, PW!!! The hair and eyes are done so fantastically well! I tried using the AR's charcoal but I just did not like what the palette knife did to it. I just could not get it to work well. What I use to use with traditional pencil and charcoal pencil was the blending tool (those gray paper stumps) which is just perfect for them. But, you've been able to make it work for you and it looks really good.

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    Very nice. Are you doing the blends with blurring and layers?

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    First thing I felt when looking at this was shock of such a wonderful job!

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    Being a charcoal fan myself., I love it doubly!
    The artist is the lover of Nature, therefore he is her slave and her master. - Rabindranth Tagore

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    Quote Originally Posted by alkratzer View Post
    Very nice. Are you doing the blends with blurring and layers?
    Actually it is 1 layer. I used the wet blender, constantly adjusting the drip size, to prep the shadows for the blur knife. There were a number of times I had to back up and redo spots until I got the hang of wet blending as a prep tool.

    Thanks for the comments everyone.
    "Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss." - Douglas Adams

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    You should go on attempting then, dear mate!
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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