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Charcoal and pencil landscapes

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)





Landscapes can be challenging, because your outlay of your drawing makes/breaks your end-result!
I prefer to omit some of the foliage in order to bring balance to drawing.
Chiaroscuro (working with light and dark- in other words- contrast) must be perfect to achieve your best result of your picture, it also gives character to your finished drawing.
I try not to use too much of symmetric scenes, seeing it can sometimes look boring, compared to asymmetric styles. Keeping by these rules, helped me a lot to achieve my ideal drawing of a landscape.


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Note from Kerry:

Thanks for sharing your guidelines, Sharon. These little bits of information are bound to help someone along the way.
I am a huge fan of landscape drawing, it is so attractive to view and I instantly fell in love with landscape number 3 -- the one with the trees (excellent), the road or path and the fence.
Actually, to the left of the shaded part of the fence, I see a figure, the lighter palings make up the shirt -- does anyone else see that?

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Charcoal landscape

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)


Composing a drawing is like composing a song- but sometimes you just want to 'scribble', and do not feel in the mood for odds and ends. That is when you take up just a charcoal stick, and draw what comes to mind at that precise moment!
It's called ' LETTING GO', in order to create a fantastic imaginary landscape scene! You'll be surprised of what you can achieve with a little imagination and a 'let-go-feeling'!
I normally practise this technique when I feel stressed-up while seeking for some distraction. Thanks Kerry, your advise is golden!


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Note from Kerry:

Gosh Sharon, I don't know what advice you speak of, I am sure you could teach me a gazillion things!
It's a pleasure to view your artwork and to watch you experiment and play with different pencils.
I feel like this drawing is a secret shared between friends, you've created it from your imagination and you let your pencil do whatever it felt like doing. It's absolutely great!

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Riverside scene

by Sharon Du Plessis
(Gauteng, South Africa)


Landscape scene
A charcoal nature scene

The riverside-scene is done with pen and ink, and was that a mission, but I loved the experience with different mediums!
This riverside-scene has a calming effect on me, while the charcoal nature-scenes makes my mind wander to childhood-memories of landscape where I grew up - the Free-State, in South Africa.


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Note from Kerry:

Sharon, these drawings are absolutely gorgeous! I'd happily hang these all throughout my home, it's just the style of artwork that I love. Great work!

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