Charcoal Sketches

This collection of drawings was done using mainly willow charcoal and conte crayons on 18 x 24 inch newsprint quality paper. All of these were drawn from life model at the TSoFA studio.

Reclining figure, charcoal drawing

This piece took me about 30 minutes, and I wish I had done it on a better paper. I used rough newsprint, and it’s not the best paper for longer poses. Still, I’m fairly satisfied with the results, especially considering that I didn’t get the best vantage point for this pose.

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Quick gestures, charcoal drawing

A couple of quick, but interesting gestures. Especially the one on the left, what is up to?! The one on the right looks as if it’s half-submerged into a bath of milk 😀

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Two standing figures, charcoal drawing

I really like the figure on the right. I think for once, torso turned out pretty well ^_^ – Where is your corset? And no stockings!- I’m against them.- But you are not properly dressed.- Who’s to say what’s proper? What if it were agreed that “proper” meant wearing a codfish on your head? Would…

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Leaning figure, charcoal drawing

I like the flow of this figure a lot, it turned out very fluid I think. Sometimes, I feel sad that I drew a drawing on cheap newsprint, but I keep reminding myself that practice makes it perfect! If I wanted to make a version of a particular drawing on good paper, I could with…

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Reclining figure, charcoal drawing

I really should have flipped the paper horizontally for this pose, but I got too lazy ^^; Overall, I like the way it turned out. I’d work more on the values and hands if I were to finish it up.

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Slightly leaning figure, charcoal drawing

I think I got shoulder girdle better in here, but there’s still room to learn. This pose took 20 minutes, but I feel like this isn’t the easiest pose to draw in general. There’s a subtle lean on the stool, and it’s hard to catch it for me.

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Two Standing Figures, charcoal drawing

I’ve been studying Bridgman’s book today, and I realized how static my figures are. However, I must add, that’s the way models present the pose… I need to exaggerate turns and twists more!

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Female figure, charcoal drawing

I think it might be time to start drawing complete figures, and maybe even in color. Maybe I need to switch back to digital drawing and make some characters come to life ^_^

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Standing figure, charcoal drawing

I’m back to newsprint! So far it’s my favorite practice paper. This drawing took me about 20 minutes. I think the shading and hatching shows that it’s a longer pose. However, whenever I’m drawing, I always think that I’ll finish it later.. and usually never do ^^;

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Two figures, charcoal drawing

This model did very dynamic poses, and I really enjoyed capturing them. I think, my drawings really lack that dynamic feel in a lot of cases. Something to work on!

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Leaning figure, charcoal drawing

I always feel like the stool looks out of place in my drawings. Perhaps I need to work in the horizon line or define the flat area on the floor to ground both the figure and the stool? 🤔

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Standing male figure, charcoal drawing

I think I really need to work on shoulder girdle, it seems to always turn out way too small. This is a 10-minute drawing, but all of the basic structure mistakes are already set in place 😂

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Sitting half-figure, charcoal drawing

Sometimes, the whole pose isn’t working from that particular angle. Therefore, it’s okay to draw only a part of the figure. For example, sometimes I can’t see the model’s feet because the heater or something else is in the way, and it really throws off the whole figure. It’s still hard for me to put…

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Male figure, charcoal drawing

I think I finally got into the habit of dating my drawings 😀 It might seem silly, but after a while I can’t tell when I drew each artwork. As the result, it’s tough to understand whether I’m making any progress.

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Male figure, gesture drawing

Back to the gesture drawings, I really like when drawing sessions start with a series of quick 1-minute standing poses. It’ a great warm-up exercise, helps one get into the drawing mood for the rest of the session.

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Sitting figure, charcoal drawing

Spent about 20 minutes on this drawing. I think if I added a few highlights, this figure would really pop. Seeing and analyzing my work like this is actually really helpful. When I’m drawing, I’m not noticing the mistakes because I stare at the drawing for so long and just get used to it. However,…

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Oksana Ossipov, portrait

I’ve been trying to fully devote myself to art in the past two years. I’m trying to learn and practice as much as I can. However, workshops, classes and art supplies cost presents a certain financial challenge. If you like my work and want to support me, I would truly appreciate it! I have a few tiers set up on Patreon or even just sharing my art or social media pages would help a lot. Thank you so much!

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