Sketchy charcoal line painting with acrylic layers

This is a recent sketchy line drawing of a male model, I made the second week in May 2019. The model was as usual totally laid back and posed with a calm and comtemplative mood. The pose was only for 20 minutes so a fast and furious method was required. Basically, I use the charcoal to loosely form the general shape of the model. This done, I search out the edges, the outline, the way limbs overlap and the general proportion. I lightly fly over the paper with the charcoal which is thin and so light to hold. Next, I throw in some colour in an expressive and subtle wash or layer. I use Golden Open acrylic which I love. It works almost like oil paint, in that it dries slowly and you can move it around easily plus it can be thinned right down like watercolour. I only use 3 or 4 colours for a loose sketch like this. Yellow ochre, Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson and Titanium White. By now, my time is almost up so I check on my outline, re-define it and usually it either works or it doesn’t!

Charcoal and acrylic on mid tone heavyweight sugar paper 29x42cms

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