Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ghosts

Charcoal / WIP

 No, your eyes aren't blurry.

These drawings are the beginnings
a few new portraits.

Charcoal

They are done by smearing powdered charcoal onto paper using a cotton ball
 and then lifting out lights with an eraser;
a flat white eraser for larger areas & a Tombo Mono-Zero for finer details.    

Charcoal
     

I'll tape them to the wall for a while
& finish on a "I don't know what to do" day.


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Photo compliments of Pixabay

Welcome back, October!
I've missed you.



61 comments:

  1. That is amazing!
    Can't wait to see the finished product :-)

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  2. Chris I am looking forward to seeing these finished. What a super idea to lift out just what is needed to give the face definition. Yes I am glad too that October is back. Hugs!

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  3. beautiful sketches and pretty leaves

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  4. They do look ghostly (for now), happy October!

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  5. I don't think these portraits have to be finished because they are L(finished)
    at least the second and the third. They are all beautiful. Just the first need some dark in one eye. But that's my opinion. And I'm almost sure this "'Don't know what to do day" isn't in sight for quite a while :)

    Beate

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    1. Thank you, Beate. And you are right about that day:)

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  6. Nos explicas siempre muy bien Chris.
    Preciosas las hojas de octubre.
    Buena noche y buen mes de octubre.
    Un abrazo

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias, Laura!
      Espero que tengan una muy buena noche, y un muy feliz octubre:)

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  7. Hi Chris, you've a fascinating way of starting portraits. They're beautiful in their own right.
    Thank you for explaining your process too :D)

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    1. Thank you, Sue. The technique is a little messy, but lots of fun!

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  8. Wow..amazing way to start off with portraits! Super intersting!
    They will be fantastic I bet!
    They are already wonderfeul looking by now!

    Happy October Chris!
    Big hugs, Susixxx

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    1. Thank you, Susi! And a very Happy October to you! Big hug back:)

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  9. Very good results Chris, I usually do that, leave them arrested for a while and when you look again you see the missing tweaks.
    I want to visit that drawing blogs, I hope to be a little more free of time.
    Regards.

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    1. Thank you, Jose! Leaving them for a while & then returning is some of the best advice I've ever gotten - still don't do that often enough though. Hope you get more time to draw:)

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  10. I am no expert, but I tell you; these are good just as they are. A new style of ghostly figures. You could start your own school like the old masters of impressionism, cubism and all that. You could call your style blurism. Believe me, Chris, they are good as they are. No need to add more to them.

    God bless.

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    1. Hahahaha! Blurism! I've gotta write that one down, Victor:)
      Thanks for the giggle!

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  11. those are so nice looking :) love the ghost effect, would make an interesting series of work :)

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  12. Love them, Chris! The idea of just using powered charcoal (yep, I have some of that) and lifting the shapes is a great one - I bet it teaches you a lot about values. I know these are all black and white but could you add color to some? Maybe taking a watercolor pencil and sandpapering off some bits of it onto a damp paper? Just wondering!

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    1. I knew you would have some powdered charcoal, Rhonda:)
      And color? Yes, I never thought of that. What a great idea!! I figured I would just leave these and just finish them up from what I learned in class, but I love your suggestion. Thank you:)

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  13. I love seeing the shapes of the portraits taking shape amid the charcoal. I agree with several of the comments that they are beautiful in their own right.

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  14. They are beautiful and I love that you tape them to the wall fir another day, I do that too!

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Yes, it was a great piece of advice I got there:)

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  15. Soft and diffused but still very arresting images. I like them just as they are.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Appreciate your lovely comment:)

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  16. Wow,wow, wow! What an idea, they really look somehow like ghosts and I get really specific feeling by lookin at them. That is truly an art,cos it starts so many emotions in me! Wonderful☺

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    1. Thank you so much, Natalia! They seem happy as they are right now:)

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  17. That's absolutely amazing!! Great technique!!

    And YES!! Thanks God it's October!

    xx

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  18. Thank you, Isabella! Yes, October!!!

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  19. Well, they are good now … but I also look forward to seeing the finished result!

    Love the colours in the image, happy October wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  20. I think they're beautiful as they are, so I'm very curious about what you do next. Don't you love it when they turn out AND you had fun? Have a wonderful weekend, Chris!

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    1. Thank you, Candy. Yes, I am inclined to leave them alone for a good long while & am amazed when they are actually so much fun to do.

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  21. Una vez más, un buen trabajo !.
    Feliz y productivo Octubre ! ;)

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    1. Muchísimas gracias! Deseándote lo mismo durante este hermoso mes:)

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  22. Te deseo un buen miércoles Chris.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. ¡Gracias, Laura! Te deseo un maravilloso fin de semana:) Abrazos de vuelta a ti!

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  23. Wow...even though those drawings aren't complete, they take on their own magic with just the shadowing. You are so very talented, my friend!

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  24. Hello Chris,
    Nice to see these faces.
    Everyone could let go his own fantasy on this paints. So nice!!

    Best regards,
    Marco

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  25. stop by to check your new post...have a great day

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  26. Ghosts portraits and ghosts waiting to come back to life - how very original and interesting! But we can see how they might be.
    Yes, welcome October, it's a while since we've had one.

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  27. ein wunderschönes Foto, Chris. Das inspiriert mich mal wieder Herbstlaub zu malen! Herzlichen Dank dafür!

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  28. Hello Chris, just stopping by to say - hope your October is going well.

    All the best Jan

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