I started the charcoal today. I have to get this done next week so I'm putting in a lot of time this week. I had a good 6 hour session with only the occasional interruption from Logan. I've set up a drawing/coloring station for him next to me. This has been great for those moments when he just wants to be near me. He wanders in, checks out what I'm doing then follows my lead and draws. It's been really quite fun for us.
Anyway, I'm trying to contain all the charcoal as best I can since my studio is in my bedroom. That's why I've laid down the piece instead of standing it up. Applying charcoal is messy business!
I first block in my dark areas with a stick of compressed charcoal. This board creates a super distinct pattern so I'll only use the stick on the areas where there is foliage.
I'm feeling good about having this done in time. I always feel great after a working on something that is 2 inches away from my face then stepping back and seeing it come together.