For my next drawing, I’m testing background tones, texture and color. I want the background to have a sense of otherworldliness and I’m trying out muted pastel blues, greens and pinks at the moment.
The texture is also important for how the drawing will look and it’s workability. Charcoal sits well on a very thin acrylic ground. The paint must be watered down to a milky consistency on a large flat brush. Use the brush to coat the page in horizontal strokes. Leave this coat dry and follow with another thin coat using vertical brush strokes as evenly as possible. Another coat may be necessary when I work on the large scale piece. The page must also be stretched for almost a day beforehand as the scale I am working with is 150x150cm.