Drawing General to Specific: Graphite vs Charcoal

by Lisa Larrabee

These are stages of a still life drawing that I did in graphite (pencil).  To begin, I lightly toned the entire drawing surface (white paper) with graphite.  Once basic shape relationships were in place I erased out the light shapes.  I built values using subtle hatch marks without blending.

This next drawing is of a similar still life using the other halves of each pair.  
The drawing was developed in charcoal and white chalk pencil on gray paper.

It is often less about what you draw than what you observe and share through the process of drawing.
~ Lisa