Monday, October 27, 2008

Perfect Companions...carbon and graphite

...Perfect Companions...
Charcoal and Carbon pencil on paper, 7x9
*This is the companion drawing for "Martini Time"
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The Story Behind the Image: I love the smell of a good cigar. The cigar and drink have been "Perfect Companions" for years. I had a special friend who enjoyed his scotch and his cigar...and to this day when ever I catch the pungent fragrance of a cigar I think of him. He would have enjoyed this drawing.

I've always enjoyed drawing glass. The secret is to NOT draw the glass and it's contents but to draw the shadow shapes seen in the glass. I generally use graphite for glass and other reflective objects because graphite itself has a reflective quality and will add this to the drawing. Even when used lightly graphite always has a shine. This is especially noticeable when placed next to carbon or charcoal. In this drawing I used graphite's qualities to my advantage...applying graphite with various blenders until the shape of the glass and the liquid began to take shape on paper. For the cigar, I used carbon pencil. I applied it directly to the paper for the darkest areas and then blended to show the grain and texture of the tobacco leaves.

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Cindy said...

Love it, and I agree with you about drawing glass. I hadn't thought about the feature of graphite enhancing the glass look thought. Very clever!

Christy DeKoning said...

Marsha, your mastery of light never ceases to amaze me. I feel so moved after viewing your work. This is no exception - perfection!

Marsha Robinett said...

Cindy and Christy,
I soooo apreciate you taking the time to comment...and such nice comments indeed!

This drawing has special meaning to me. It was a joy to do and painful when it sold. I wanted to cancel the sale on the spot...but I didn't.

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