Have you noticed that crabs seem to be on my mind lately?
This is another dungeness crab that I've tried to capture in a loose manner. My work ususally is so tight, that I need to make a concience effort to loosen-up. The support for this crab is regular brown craft paper, upon which I've used charcoal to draw the shape of a crab, then using pastel to create the middle and light values... then back to charcoal to make the shape of the legs - then a touch of brown conte' here and there.
What I learned with this painting/drawing:
- The craft paper was not very forgiving. When I wanted to blend the colors, the paper just held on to the pastel ... such as the white on top of the crab back. I was going to blend the white lines ... it just sat there, not blending.
- Craft paper has a great brown color that I find attractive, so I may try pre-coloring some watercolor paper to paint on.
- I'm not sure I will ever become comfortable with the dry chalky feel of pastel and charcoal.
- I love the look of charcoal.
- I would like to become better at using pastel ... even if it is messy ... I have some artist friends who really are masters of this medium and I so envy the look they can achieve.