I did two drawings for day three – both of a friend. The first one was done in my little art journal, where the rest of the daily drawings are. I drew it with pencil and then added some color with colored pencils. The whole drawing was maybe three inches tall. Later in the day I started wondering what it would look like with charcoal on some Canson Mi-Tientes Pastel paper that I had on hand. I’m afraid it took longer than fifteen minutes this time. I drew it while watching TV, so it took more like ninety minutes. I was feeling restless. For the past week I’ve been working on lesson plans, house cleaning, gardening, photography, and some film editing. I do actually have a good book to read, but I didn’t feel like reading the whole evening. Getting out the paper and charcoal pencils, I sat out in the loft and drew. It was a little dark in the loft, but I worked on the drawing as best I could in the light of the one lamp next to the futon. I put it aside at bedtime. I would take a closer look at it in daylight. In the morning I saw a few things that could be changed, but I was pleased with the drawing overall. I’m encouraged.
I’ll put the first drawing down below so you can see the comparison. With charcoal I was able to get a better likeness. The small drawing was difficult to correct – both because of the small size and because colored pencil is nearly impossible to erase.