Bob Baker: Three Charcoal Sketches

14 Mar

Bob Baker, Gethsemani Abbey Charcoal Sketch No. 1 (2012)

Bob Baker, Gethsemani Abbey Charcoal Sketch No. 2 (2012)

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Sometimes I like a charcoal sketch.  The limitations of charcoal are also its strengths: simplicity, clarity, unity.  Here are three I did over the past couple days just for fun.  Two of Gethsemani Abbey and a very simple still life.  My experience with sketching is that speed is key — fast and loose, fast and loose!

Bob Baker, Apples, Charcoal Sketch (2012)

2 Responses to “Bob Baker: Three Charcoal Sketches”

  1. Mary Curtis March 14, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    Love, love, love charcoal. There’s something about the medium that is very cool. I haven’t played with charcoal for awhile, but I still have my sticks and pencils. Well, actually I don’t. My kid stole them…he’s not too bad with them either…

    • bobbalouie March 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      I hadn’t done charcoal for awhile, either, but then Emily expressed interest in drawing so I picked up some supplies for both of us at Utrecht and we’ve both been giving it a shot. I’d like to post some of Em’s drawings, but she won’t let me! She’s good. I agree, charcoal is cool. It’s sort of primordial. And it goes so much faster than painting! Thanks for commenting, Mary!

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