Charcoal in progress
Most Helpful Warm Up
For me, the most helpful warm up was the Sign Language A sketch. Prior to this warm up, I would avoid drawing hands, at least up to this detail, as I thought that I was not good at drawing them and that they would ruin my art if I drew them wrong. However, after completing this warm up, I realized hands are not that hard to make when you have a reference to draw from. This warm up also helped remind me to try to add detail in my art to make it more realistic.
Composition: The arrangement or placement of visual elements in a work of art. It is an organization of the elements of art according to the principals of art. It can add tension, proportion, balance, and interest in a piece of art.
Value: The design element that defines the light and dark in artwork. It can be used to create light and shadows.
Pros: Lines appear more clean than other mediums. The drawing is darker and smoother. It is good for calligraphy and making a drawing bold as well.
Cons: You cannot erase, meaning you need to be more careful about mistakes while drawing. Shading is not as easy as other mediums since you have to use ways like hatching and stippling.
Pros: Blending and softening is easy and looks good. If you make a mistake you can simply add more charcoal to fix the mistake.
Cons: Messy to work with as it can smear too often on the paper or get to your skin while working. The materials are more expensive than other mediums.
Pros: Shading is much easier and looks the best in this medium. You choose the pencil with the graphite darkness you need. You can erase as well.
Cons: It can be smudged easily. You have to regularly sharpen your pencil .