I have used charcoal, white pastel and sanguine for this drawing. I used the charcoal for the main parts and the sanguine for emphasizing the castle and medium tones. The white pastel is for the high tones, where the direct light is. The paper should be darker, thus the white would stand out.
I have returned to the charcoal this month. I have also used white pastel to enhance the brightest zones in the drawing. In particular, I used the white pastel in the sky, the plants and also the ground. It is very usual technique that has been used from the early days. Usually it is applied when the paper is not white and its color is part of the drawing. For example, a typical case is when charcoal is used on gray paper and the gray is used in some drawing areas, the white is used as third color. Although the Loring Art is a cream color paper, it also offers a nice contrast.
Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter. Monet, with his painting Impression, soleil levant (Impression, sunrise), gave rise to the name of the Impressionist movement. Awesome coloring technique. He describes the seascape with a just few of brushstrokes. This is my humble rendition of his painting. My apologies.
A new drawing for the calendar. I used charcoal this time. The paper works for this technique, too. I like the deep black that the charcoal is able to produce. The eraser brings the paper color to the drawing again. I also used Ghiant fixative.
It is my second charcoal drawing. The first one has been fading the dust of charcoal. It is necessary to fix the charcoal (and also pastels) with a kind of varnish, otherwise you would lose the drawing. I used Ghiant fixative in this sketch and it works well.