Can you believe I actually remembered to take photos of my set up this time? I really enjoyed working on setting up my still life, moving the objects around and moving the lighting from side to side. In saying that I really had a hard time deciding what to put in my still life. At one point I had at least 10 different things scattered. Kim suggested that a good composition consisted of just 3 objects of different heights so I finally settled on the composition you see at the right.
I felt a bit more confident this time than the last and really enjoyed the process. When I finished I realized I had the birds head in the wrong place. As you know seeing is half the battle.
Although my drawing is nothing epic – I did learn a lot. I will say it looked a tad bit better than what you are seeing here in the photo before I scanned it. I learned that ONE coating of spray fixative is not enough. When I put this on my scanner it smeared all over. It actually looked a tad bit better before the smearing. Note to self – next time use three coats of fixative and take a photo instead of scanning.
I know that many artists use charcoal in their mixed media art journals. I have no idea how they are able to avoid having it smear all over (other than maybe several coats of fixative.)
About 6 months ago I did a charcoal portrait in my journal and I was very pleased with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t use any fixative and it is now just an abstract blur that vaguely looks like a portrait.