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Yuko Ogura
Yuko Ogura
Black, white charcoal, graphite
Strathmore velvet gray
12x19 in.

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Hey All…finally doing something

Original and cropped and resize to golden rectangle…allot of chicken scratching on tracing paper then transfer to Strathmore velvet gray.

Also trying to see if I can draw a little smaller so I try some figure studys…well draw smaller or get bigger paper…probably both.

I usually use an Staedtler Lumograph 8b for all my graphite but I bought some heavy lead holders and wanted to try different grades…2h, hb and 4b…

Now I remember why I use the 8b…I have a shine in already…I must have pressed too hard…I should have practiced on another paper…if I fall back to charcoal it is harder for me to put charcoal over graphite…so if I do I will have to lift some graphite out for something the charcoal can hang on to…but onward.

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I started adding some white and shading all over…for some reason the mouth didn’t look right…I measured and couldn’t figure it out…since it is not to far in and I have not used any black charcoal yet I erased it out and will try again...

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She has a mouth again but it is still not right…the bluishness around the eyes and mouth is graphite shine from the flash of my camera.

Crosshatch, blend, erase…repeat…thinking of starting some charcoal...
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Generals white charcoal is the darkest of the whites and harder to apply…what I usually do is start with it first and then I erase it and it leaves the paper brighter and you see no white.

Then the next lighter value I crosshatch with the generals or Faber-Castel pastel white and I blend with a stump or tissue or chamois…

The brightest is nupastel stick and a Stabilo-CarbOthello pastel pencil…they are a beautiful white.

I use the CarbOthello pencil for the highlights in eyes…I press it against my tongue, (its safe as it is really calcium carbonate) hold it straight up and down and twist…leaves a beautiful round highlight…sometimes takes several tries…I just scrape it off with a knife and do it again.

Hardest part with white and black charcoal when it mixes it turns a dirty blue.

And you can do even more by using a workable fixative and apply more...

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  Eyes and a little heavy handed with the nupastel in the hair…starting on background...
  Yuko Ogura   I applied charcoal to the background and then sprayed it with a workable fixative…see how it darken over all and evens the charcoal out to a solid black.

I tried to fix a few things after spraying and I probably went over the top with the eyes…its one of those I can’t help myself…I never said I was disciplined…

I am calling it done although there is still many things that need fixing…I learned a great deal and thank you for all the support...
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