My Geographic Palette #1 – Charcoal

21 Jul

charcoal 2


This is my first tryout with my geographic palette, a drawing based on a sketch I did en plein air on a field trip with colleagues from Swansea University’s FIRE Lab a couple of months ago when we went off exploring culverts up in the Brecon Beacons.


The charcoal I bought a few years back when I visited John Ruskin’s house, Brantwood, at Coniston Water in the Lake District. At the time they made charcoal from willow grown on the estate, using traditional methods. It’s quite crumbly and benefits from being used with a heavyweight textured paper. I’m using a 300gsm Bockingford here and I’m pleased with the results, lots of tonal variation depending on the pressure I’ve used. It’s only a small drawing, I’m using an A5 size sketchbook, spiral bound from Pink Pig in Barnsley, and I’m abstracting away from the original which is starting to excite me.





6 Responses to “My Geographic Palette #1 – Charcoal”

  1. outsideauthority July 22, 2019 at 18:42 #

    The charcoal looks gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing where you go with this and the palette!

    • Rosie Scribblah July 24, 2019 at 09:47 #

      Thanks, I love the charcoal on this particular paper, it really suits it

      • outsideauthority July 24, 2019 at 16:12 #

        Do you fix it? What with? I still use hairspray!

    • Rosie Scribblah July 24, 2019 at 19:56 #

      I use professional fixative – Seawhite’s of Brighton. It’s very good

  2. Sharon Mann July 22, 2019 at 14:09 #

    I love the bold strokes!

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