I found charcoal almost intolerable to work with when I first started. But I’m getting the hang of it now and the secret – for me – seems to be recognizing its ability to change, morph, be pushed around. This self-portrait is the most recent of about 5 or 6 or maybe more that I drew and rubbed away on this piece of paper. There was more that I wanted to do but I thought I needed to show it at college so I fixed it and now of course I can’t push the charcoal around anymore. However, there’s always more paper and more charcoal so I’ll have to accept this one for what it is and move on!

Charcoal on lining paper



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