The Sausage Fingered Stick Of Doom

23 Jun

5 Oystermouth

For most of my life I haven’t been keen on charcoal, I thought it was a bit clumsy. Husb calls it “the sausage fingered stick of doom”. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but it isn’t much good if you want to do fine detail on small paper. My Khadi sketchbook isn’t big so I’m limited in what I can put into a drawing, which is challenging but in a good way. Here’s a sketch I did with Winsor & Newton willow charcoal after Husb and I did some work on the allotment earlier this evening. There’s a group of copper beech trees in a row alongside the path leading up to Oystermouth Castle and I made them the focus of the drawing. It was a chance to play around with strong diagonal scribbles.

5 Responses to “The Sausage Fingered Stick Of Doom”

  1. kestrelart June 23, 2020 at 23:23 #

    I have returned to charcoal for the same reason, to simplify my drawings.
    I’ve failed. I like your sketch though.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 25, 2020 at 11:04 #

      Thanks 🙂 The Khadi paper helps because it’s so rough I’m not tempted to try and put detail in.

      • kestrelart June 25, 2020 at 11:49 #

        Yes but your trick is seeing your subject so you know how to simplify, not just how to control of the stick.

  2. Phil Cooper June 23, 2020 at 21:21 #

    In this house, charcoal will, henceforth, be known as the sausage fingered stick of doom 😆 nice drawing though Rosie , I’m useless at charcoal

    • Rosie Scribblah June 25, 2020 at 11:03 #

      hehehe – I’ve always avoided willow charcoal because I found it so hard to handle so I forced myself to have a go during lockdown and I’m really pleased with what I’m getting. It helps that I, by accident, started using the heavy textured Khadi paper 😀

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