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I chose these sketches specifically to look at how vine charcoal can be used in a drawing to talk about change, movement and time.

Vine charcoal is a lovely medium. It’s just a simple burnt branch, and it allows the artist to make a line, smudge it out, and make another. The dark lyrical lines and soft smokey areas of grey are surprisingly elegant on paper. As the model moves, or as the drawing is adjusted, the series of smudges and lines can add both depth and creation narrative – the recorded story of how the drawing was made.


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