This is my first time working with traditional materials (mostly, I've just been using Photoshop and Painter in the past) and I have some questions about workflow with charcoal.
- Do you sketch with a light pencil first?
- What options are there for making gradients and blending shadows?
- How do you deal with mistakes that ruin a piece?
- How do you prevent the coal from rubbing off when finished? I tried hairspray and it doesn't work well.
- Why doesn't the coal stick to areas that have been colored in by pencil? Am i supposed to be using coal based pencils instead of graphite?
- How are you supposed to use an eraser when it gets completely black within 10 minutes.
Also some critique of the piece itself would be helpful. Mostly I'm interested in why the zoomed-in/cropped version looks so much better. Is it because the neck is badly shaded and off axis, or is it a focal point issue? Also, it looks too cartoony - i assume that's from the anatomy deviating too much from realistic human ranges. Are the nose and jawline the worst offenders in this case, or maybe its the brow area?