Charcoal Horse Skull

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October 1, 2012 by mamie

Completed Date: 9/3/12

Medium: charcoal (soft pastels in shades of grey)

Description: This was our first in-school project for AP Art, and the focus was to practice drawing from real life and creating values (as always). My art teacher borrowed some bones and horse/cow skulls from one of our biology teachers, and we got to work! My goal in this piece was to focus on contrast, especially with light and shadows because I’m usually hesitant and too careful when it comes to this. Whenever I look at the Renaissance and Impressionism pieces in regard to the artists’ use of light, I always get so inspired from the paintings’ effects on the viewer. Plus, when I’m using black and white, I always feel like I have to make the painting/drawing really interesting in some other aspect.


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