charcoal sketching male figures

male figure, may 28, 2017

Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory - where it stays - it's transmitted by your hands.
Martin Gayford, A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

male figure, charcoal sketch

I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.
Georgia O'Keefe

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
Tracy Weinzapfel

For these pages, I sketched some figures with pencil, then with pen, and lastly with charcoal. Each time I didn't like what I had drawn, I'd switch to a different tool. The practice of trying again and again takes me back to 4th grade with Sister James Edwards, standing tall in her traditional Nun's habit, reminding me, "If at first you don't succeed, ..."

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  1. Juana these are wonderful! I love the addition of color. I can see these huge, hanging on a gallery wall somewhere ;)

  2. Wonderful figure work, not an easy thing.

  3. Oh these are gorgeous! I love how you draw. The quotes were lovely too.

  4. Simply brilliant sketches. I might be jealous.

  5. Wonderful process of your sketching and love the first one ~ very realistic ~ thanks,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting ~ ^_^

  6. I really like them all, especially with the different mediums. I enjoyed the artist's quotes as well. I actually had a nun in the fifth grade who was an artist. We did a lot of fun projects in class, but until now, I've never thought about what kind of art she made herself, and if she had much time to make art.

  7. I found years ago that once I started drawing directly with ink, my drawing improved and also started reflecting more of my unique style. No erasers!

  8. I see nothing "wrong" with any of these! I see dedication, curiosity and life expanding! :) And it's interesting to see how you've used the different mediums. Wonderful quotes too... the O'Keefe one is especially moving. ((HUGS))

  9. very powerful looking figures :)

    one of my favourite O'Keefe quotes :)

  10. These are great figures! You amaze me. I've never tried sketching with charcoals. Do you have much control using them?

  11. Oh yes, I agree to all of the previous comments. They are indeed wonderful! My favourite is the charcoal sketch as it says so much to me you can't find words for and the quote from Georgia O'Keefe suits perfectly!


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