'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Tonal drawing exercises - graphite

I thought it was about time I posted about this course of study to which I've recently committed myself.
We have started with drawing - charcoal and pencil, with the odd day of ink.  Tonal drawings - a classical start to a art degree.  I'm loving every minute.  But I've never produced so many drawings in one five-week period, in my whole life!

Amongst them the old exercise, a sphere showing at least 5 tones:

And I did a basket of eggs, courtesy of my darling chooks:


  1. Oh, for a drawing board, paper and charcoal...so wish I could join in one of those classes and dream I was back in art college!

  2. I like the simplicity of charcoal drawing.
    Although I recognize it isn't so simple.

  3. I really love charcoal drawings and I love the eggs. Fabulous!

  4. I'm actually jealous of your talent. I loved the basket of eggs picture.

  5. Thank you all for your comments and positives! Actually, just for the record, these drawings are both graphite - a fancy name for pencil... not charcoal.

  6. Beautiful Katherine, I would love to try that again too! I hope you'll show us your pen and ink when you get to it.

  7. Wow, those are good! Showing a smooth sphere is far more difficult than people might imagine, is it not?

  8. Thanks Jay. A smooth tonal transition takes patience, I think. And a critical eye.