Monday, 4 April 2011

A-Z blogging challenge "C" - Charcoal (art)

Today I've decided to focus on Charcoal art, because in high school charcoal was my favourite medium to draw in, and I've never lost that love. Here are some of my drawings:

I really love the shading you can do with charcoal. Then again, you can do that with pretty much any other medium too. So maybe I can't explain why I have such a love of charcoal.

Also, I'm sneakily adding some stuff to this post under the guise of a Check this out! section (hey, starts with a C!!), so here you go:

Check This Out:

  • I keep forgetting to mention that I won NaNoEdMo. I only got credited for 51 odd hours, but did a bit more than that. So that's another Goal ticked off 2011's list. Even if I edited something completely different to what I'd thought I would
  • Read my 11th book for the year - I'm 44% done with my goal, according to GoodReads' widget thingy (which you can keep track of at the bottom of my my Goals page!)
  • This is my 95th blog entry! That's a fair bit of writing I've done here considering I only began in early December last year
  • Evil Editor has featured yet another of my queries, so if you want to check it out click here!

So there you go. Another day, another letter!


  1. I like the first one the most, one of my best friends recently drew something sort of like that, though hers was in pencil.

    I need to get on with today's entry for my own contest. I've been procrastinating. XD

  2. Wow Trisha. Those are scary good.

  3. That first I just know there's a story behind that. Why is the one girl singing? Why is the other girl (is that a girl?) getting stabbed? Is that an angry mob in the background, or an operatic production? So many possibilities!

  4. Michael - Well, she may be singing (never thought of that) but she's also being an evil enchantress of some kind, bringing hellfire down from the heavens :D Around her is a raging battle, with people dying (that stabbed lady has actually been hit with an arrow, not that you can tell it's an arrow :P).

    But yeah, it's an epic battle scene, or that was the intention. Hehe.

    Thanks Jenn and Brooke :) And Brooke, I know just how it is to procrastinate! I'm quite good at it :D

  5. Trisha, those are stunning. Thanks for sharing AND nice to meet you!

  6. Wonderful drawings. You really are talented.

  7. Thanks Ali and Ann :D The thing about my drawings is I can only draw people, and...really I can only draw women. You draw what you know I guess :P I can draw other things if I'm copying from a photo or something. But with freestyle drawing it has to be women or it doesn't look right ;)

    I need to study the male for more. Hmm...yes, good idea. Tough job but somebody's gotta do it. hehe

  8. Trisha..thank you for the comment on my blog. I really like your charcoal drawings, so..will keep coming back.
    I'm pretty sure I'll continue writing some story or the other on the Alphabet challenge. The other one, I'm just going with what comes to me. Tale Spinning, it's about a writing exercise anyways.
    Tomorrow: C. Not sure, yet, what will inspire me. That's a big part of the fun.

  9. Trisha, your drawings are absolutely gorgeous! I'm jealous. I don't think I've ever drawn in charcoal, but it's such a pretty word I just might have to try it. ;)

  10. Hi Trisha,
    Nice to "meet" you. Those drawings are very good.
    I think that something that I love about working with charcoal is how messy it is.
    I always tend to touch my face, I don.t know why I do it, but I just do, so after every session of charcoal painting I would look like a caveman.

    About you records: well done and keep it up.
    A big hug from Spain

  11. Thanks everyone :)

    Noemi, I was going to say that about the messiness, and yet you can get messy with ink and pencil too :P at least the darker shades of pencil.

  12. wow these are stunning. You are very clever.

  13. Beautiful, my favorite is the second.

  14. The charcoal drawings look great. I always hated working with charcoal during my art major days.

  15. *turning an unbecoming shade of green* I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE YOUR TALENT. WAAAAAAHAAAAAA

    I love them all. There are stories here, girl. Really good stories behind each and every one. :-)

  16. Your charcoal art is lovely! Congrats on the progress toward your goals - so important.


  17. Wow, what great work! I did a tiny bit of charcoal work in high school, but I didn't like the mess. Seeing your work makes me wonder about experimenting with it again. I wonder if I'd like it this time around? I'm more comfortable with "messy" tools as an adult than I was as a kid. (I don't think that's the usual progression. Aren't adults supposed to be the neat ones?)

  18. You are very talented! Wonderful drawings, I can't even pick a favorite.

    Great to meet you!

  19. Trisha, really nice job with the charcoal. You are clearly talented. Thanks for sharing.

  20. LOVELY drawings!!!!

    Congrats for getting things checked off your goals list! ;)

  21. Oooh, Charcoal! I love it too. Only I've not drawn for years, but I still have some fun stuff saved. You're seriously good, girl. And congrats of the NaNoEdMo!

  22. Hi, Trisha,

    I never knew you are an ARTIST... me too. I illustrate in acrylics, pen and ink and sepia prism color.

    I haven't worked in charcoal since college... What a blast from the past when I saw drawings. I can tell you love working with them!

    Next time you're at my blog check our my illustrations in the top bar.

  23. Awesome drawings! I love to use charcoal as well! Something about the black and white keeps me thinking about the drawings long after I've finished the work.

    These are beautiful!


  24. Trisha-

    I like the drawings!

    I'd always wanted to be able to draw (my older sister was quite good).

    I guess it evens outthough, because I can't play guitar, either...


  25. Thanks everyone who stopped by since my last comment :D Will be returning the favour today!

  26. Wonderful drawings! The last one in particular!

  27. 'I can only draw people!' Isn't that one of the hardest things to draw? You look awesomely talented to me. Also congrats for winning NaNoEdMo. And for powering on with your, what was that, 11th book. You're all kinds of talented.

    Thanks for travelling with me.


    D is for ...goes up in a few hours, like 7pm Oz time ish.

  28. Thank you Danette and Denise :D

    I personally think landscapes, animals and all those little background details are harder to draw. But maybe that's just me ;) If I'm ever going to include a background in my pictures, it's bound to be shoddy. :P


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