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Working with such big charcoal blocks needs a large-scale image to work on! The Derwent Charcoal XL Blocks are not for those wanting to do fiddly small details but that doesn’t mean they cannot produce some amazingly realistic results. That’s why I chose to create this piece on A3 paper and zoom right in on my subject. The advantages of these blocks are that the size of them and textures they create allow you to start the drawing with a loose and sketchy style and slowly refine it as the drawing progresses.
Why don’t you have a go at drawing or painting this yourself? Becky’s step-by-step for her Derwent XL Block painting can be found on page 48 of November’s Paint & Create. You can also paint along with Becky on Video on Demand but you can use any medium you wish and share your creations with us for a chance for it to be published in December’s issue. Upload your finished creations by 1st December.
To feature in December’s paint & create magazine
Simply click on ‘Enter Challenge’ at the top of this page and follow the instructions from there.
Entries must be your own work. If you have used another artists’ painting, tuition or photograph as your inspiration, please ensure you have gained the appropriate authorisation to publish the image and be sure to credit them accordingly – for example ‘after a painting by…’ or ‘from a photograph of…’