The Black Kimono
Above is my 4th charcoal drawing. I'm pleased with it - very pleased - is this practice paying off? It took me around 7 hours (I must be crazy - it was, in fact, too ambitious for me - but was an image I just had to do - know the feeling?). The crucial stage is the initial 'block-in' - measuring /proportions. To get a finish, you just have to go into a sort of mindless trance (the 'zone' - maybe I overdid the finish- blending charcoal means the image starts to become very (too?) photographic. Actually the whole thing was a series of errors (I started with graphite i.e. pencil!) - so it's lucky I'm pleased with it - when you really want to make it work - that helps.
And of course, now it's done I know I should have done it bigger (it's 40 x 28 cm), could do better, etc. Still that glow of achievement is the fugitive reward....
Reference image from Character Designs.com