Dark Clouds Sketch

I’m back! It’s been a while. A lot has been going on and still is but, I missed you all and needed to write so here goes. I’ve been focusing on my socials lately and updating the website with some of my latest artworks. Things have been going well but I’ve missed writing. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok or YouTube, you probably haven’t seen my latest works. I’ve been posting video’s once a week either on Friday or Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet to my YouTube it would be great if you did.

I’ve been studying the clouds, this isn’t new though it began a few years back as me just taking pictures of the clouds and has now turned into sketches of clouds. You know me, I like trying different mediums so there will be a video and post all about chalk pastel clouds. For now though let us discuss the charcoal pencil sketch video below. It took a while to get it how I wanted it. There was a lot of adding and then lightening or darkening parts of the clouds for contrast. I know you want to see the video but don’t runaway yet though. Follow my art process first and then click on the video below.

Dark Clouds
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As you will see in the video I started out by adding a few of the clouds using my graphite pencils and smudging and blending them in. Tissue paper and Q-Tips are my go too’s for smudging and blending. I especially like using the q-tips for the small details. I started out by using the lightest pencils first and then added in the darkest parts with my darkest pencils.

As I got further into the sketch I then used my trusty charcoal sticks and a piece of paper to make sure I didn’t blend anything that wasn’t meant to be blended over. The sticks added in some really great contrast throughout the sketch. From there I again used my charcoal eraser and began removing some of the shading to brighten the highlighted areas. The charcoal sticks were used again to add in the finishing touches.

This artwork took time and every now and then I walked away and came back to it. While watching the video you can see subtle light changes on the paper I was sketching on that’s because I prefer to sketch using natural light. Most times when the sun goes down I pack up but with this one I was caught off guard.

Just like with writing, walking away is a great way to really knowing if you are on the right path. So don’t be afraid to walk away, do something else even if its only for a few minutes. When you get back to it there may be things you feel can be changed or even parts that you really love that you want to make stand out even more. Make changes or continue where you left off.

Check out the video and let me know what you think? Don’t forget to head over to the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery to see what’s new!

I will be posting every other week again. So, thank you so much for joining me today, stay safe and have a great two weeks ahead!

4 thoughts on “Dark Clouds Sketch

  1. Really enjoyed this art process and time lapse. Lovely clouds as well.

    You also use STÆDTLER graphite pencils when not using charcoal?

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