Sketch: Cookie Scoop

This time I used a different sketchbook, this Strathmore Drawing 80lb Premium Recycled paper (9×12). The “Richeson” label at the bottom is the mark of my portable wooden easel that I’ve been using.

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Here are my charcoal materials. They include willow charcoal, compressed charcoal, charcoal pencils (including white), kneaded erasers and paper blenders.

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My initial sketch:

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Next I laid down some charcoal to get started, an underpainting of sorts.

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I’ve been told not to use my fingers to smudge the charcoal because the oils from your fingers get on the paper, but I still do it anyway. I like the effect and the process of working that closely with my hands. I did also use a paper blender in places narrower than my finger (after first attempting unsuccessfully with fingers).

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I mostly used my willow charcoal (along with my 4H pencil), but I did add a bit of soft charcoal pencil for some definition and detail.

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It’s been a while since I worked on a charcoal drawing with such small details. It was harder than I remembered! I have a habit of sticking with the medium willow charcoal no matter what, but there is a thinner one I could use, it just breaks easily. Again, this is a fast sketch and not a polished drawing. I’m using these as practice and as a learning tool.

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Next week I’m planning on redrawing the cookie scoop and using colored pencil. It should be a fun experiment. I didn’t want to stuff too much into one post (and I’m still waiting on those Prismacolors–less than one week!!) After that, I hope to get inspired to do a bigger project, which will mean less frequent posting for a while, unless I decide to do mid-project updates.

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