First large scale charcoal drawing

After my formative assessment and a discussion with my tutor, I decided to broaden my horizons and start to work big. I am so inspired by the way Alison Lamber works in such a big scale to create overpowering, impactful pieces and I wanted to start doing this in my own work. I started with two long pieces of wall lining paper taped together although, I knew I was going to need to add pieces because the two were not wider enough for the drawing. I decided not to start with three pieces of paper together because I felt the straightness of the edges would make the work too flat and linear.


The second stage of this piece was to begin incorporating the compressed charcoal with the willow charcoal and paper to form a deeper, richer image. I love working with the compressed charcoal because it allows you to create an extreme darkness to the work. This darkness is not necessarily form a dark atmosphere to the work however, it does produce an intensity and a sense of empowerment. Straight away the charcoal changed the image by enhancing the contours and enriching the work which has totally changed the feeling of the work.

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Nina Williams, 2019, Large scale charcoal drawing, Stage 2

I decided to stop this drawing at this stage because I felt stuck and wasn’t sure  whether to continue it so decided to stop it here. I could continue the drawing but feel as a exploration piece it is usable as it is.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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