Category Archives: Charcoal Drawings

Drawings done in charcoal.

Jana’s Sheep

I have been keeping from posting this drawing for some time now.  A very good friend of mine, (check out her amazing knitting blog! ) and I decided we’d enjoy doing an art swap.  So we both did an artwork in secret and then exchanged the drawings by mail.  We then had a Skype chat so we could exchange them face-to-face, as we live a long way from each other.  What fun that was!

She did the most amazing watercolor painting of a flock of sheep grazing on a lush, grassy field beside the ocean.  I am so thrilled to have this beautiful painting.  It is spectacular!  Thank you, Jana! 🙂 🙂

Jana kindly gave me permission to post her wonderful painting, so I’m going to do it so you all can see how great it is!


Jana's Painting

Isn’t it just beautiful?  It’s so serene and peaceful.  The colors are even more vibrant in real life.

Here is what I did for the swap.  My friend, I think, likes this drawing so I am very glad for that.  It was such a fun swap!

Jana’s Sheep

– The drawing is 5×7 inches and drawn on Strathmore gray tinted Pastel Paper, if I recall correctly.

– I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens for this, mainly the brush tip size of various grays and blacks.  For the wool, I made some vague, light colored marks with my pen and then finished it by using a very sharp white charcoal pencil to pull off the fuzzy, abstract look of the sheep’s wool.

Jana's Sheep CR

Thanks for looking!


Posted by on July 10, 2014 in All Artwork, Charcoal Drawings, Pen and Ink


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Angry Man

This is a charcoal piece I did around three years ago.  I usually need a reference image, but this one came from my imagination.  I guess I was fed up with a few things at the time I drew this and all that passion spilled onto the page.  It was a fun drawing, and one of those that usually results in some funny looks from people when they look through my portfolio.  Someone once told me that they thought it was good, but they didn’t really think it would sell because there wasn’t a big market for “angry”, haha!  That is true, but much of the time, art is just for the artist.  I needed to draw this at the time to flesh out some of my feelings, and now, this “Angry Man” is framed in my studio.  This is 9×12, charcoal on charcoal paper (I’m afraid I can’t remember the brand names since it’s been a few years).  Thanks for looking.


Posted by on March 19, 2011 in All Artwork, Charcoal Drawings


Bethlehem Update

Here’s a little progress on the commission.  It’s getting there…the details are slow, and I spend a lot of time carving my charcoal pencils to a sharp point with an X-Acto knife.  I enjoy sharpening the pencils with a blade…it feels primitive and old fashioned, and I like that.  I like to use General’s Peel and Sketch pencils, because then I can have as much charcoal exposed as I like, while still keeping my hands clean.  It’s nice to have an inch or so of charcoal exposed so I can hold the pencil on its side and cover large areas of paper quickly.  I also like to smooth out the charcoal with blending stumps and tortillians to fill all the tooth of the paper.  I’m not yet sure if I’ll use white charcoal for highlights.  If I decide to use it, it will be a finishing touch.  If white and black charcoal get blended together, they create a dead, gray color that is difficult to remove, so I like to use the whites last and only on clean, uncovered surfaces of the paper.


Posted by on March 16, 2011 in All Artwork, Charcoal Drawings


My current WIP…a Bethlehem scene

Here’s what I’m currently working on.  This is a commission of a Bethlehem scene (it will be for a Christmas card eventually).  I’m working in charcoal, and I’m drawing it on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor paper.  I really like the texture of rough watercolor papers for charcoal…it can hold a lot of charcoal, and gives the drawing a unique texture.  This is 11×14.  I’ve got a long way to go, but this is how it’s looking now. 

I’m sorry about the poor quality of my pictures…photographing my art is not something I’m very good at.  These were taken after dark, as I work best in the evenings, and the pad of paper I’m using, unfortunately, has a warp to it, so it’s especially hard to get a good picture.  You get the idea of how this looks, anyway.  Thank you for looking! 🙂


Posted by on March 15, 2011 in All Artwork, Charcoal Drawings