Themed Art Challenge

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    "Trout"
    5-1/2" x 8-1/2" charcoal (vine)

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    Nice! I like all the added strokes at the bottom of the fish, showing the action in the water.

    So... you mention "vine" charcoal. I know there are a couple different types, but what makes them different? Is it a hard/soft thing, like with pastels?
     
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    Yes, much like graphite pencils, though not that scale: hard, medium, and soft. This was medium.

    "Vine" because it's made from vines or sticks; they are about 1/4" diameter. As you can see, they are subject to breakage and, like pastel, can be used with the "tip" or the side.

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    This is a variation of of something I painted on the back of a jean jacket, about 30 years ago.
     
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    Thanks for this, and the photo. Those sticks look kinda fun. That's a more interesting way to use charcoal than what I have, which is just a few pencils. I don't handle them very well.

    I really love the look of charcoal sketches like this. :icon_thumleft:
     
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    Happy Easter (to those who celebrate).

    Let's go with the theme "Mythology" and run through May.
     
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    Should be lots of material out there. I just did that Medusa on a whim, playing with monochrome, but there were lots of other figures just in her story alone. People, places, events. Sounds like fun! With plenty of time, too. ;)
     
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    And multiple cultures to chose from. This could be an ongoing thread, just by itself. I think I'll use this for the next photo challenge. STAY AWAY, @SquarePeg!
     
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    April-May: Mythology.

    The Phoenix, a mythological bird that rises from it's ashes. Often used in heraldry.

    Acrylic ink (red, orange, yellow, green, blue), acrylic paint (grey, some black), Micron water-proof archival ink (outlines); Canson Mixed Medio 98lb (160g) paper; 4-3/4" x 6-3/4"

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    Phoenix
    by Charlie Wrenn, on Flickr

    In a nutshell, I sketched in pencil, outlined with a Micron pen, then erased the pencil (well, most of it). Brushed in the ink: yellow, red (actually "Process Magenta"), green, orange then blue. Finally added the grey, then black paint in the helm. For the heraldry fans (I think this is right - it's been a long time): Per chevron gules and or, in chief two roses of the second and in base a rose of the first. Above the shield is placed an helm with a Mantling of gules doubled or, and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest a phoenix azure in flames proper.
     
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