Charcoal-Drawing-Trops

I seldom use an eraser

I seldom use an eraser, and when I do use one, it is at the very end of the drawing session, sometimes even a few days later.  The reason for this is, I believe a mark laid is a mark played.  The essence of the expression is intact and pure, the lineage of senses and expression maintained.  The lack of eraser forces me to be efficient and clean and direct.  It is about the honesty of mark making in my practice.

Before the eraser … (please excuse the colour differences, as this one was taken by my iphone during drawing session, and the lights were dim. Interestingly, the colour is more correct in this image than the second image.)

Charcoal Drawing Trops
Before- Charcoal Drawing Julia Trops

And after the eraser …

Charcoal-Drawing-Trops
After – Charcoal drawing Julia Trops

The editing is slight, and only because I felt that the drawing was telling me to do it. Sounds strange if you aren’t an artist yourself, but my fellow artists will know exactly what I am talking about. The editing was done three days after drawing session was finished. This work and others are available for sale in my online gallery. This link will open a new window.