Layers of seaweed

I’m still enjoying playing with pen and ink mixed with charcoal

Working from some photos of seaweed and a lot of artistic license, I made a pen drawing of the major strands. I like to go over my lines twice, I think it gives a more natural feel. Then I filled in the negative shapes with willow charcoal.

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Once that was done I started picking out some seaweed in the charcoal using a putty rubber and a cotton bud.

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I did consider leaving it like this, I like the contrast of the white shapes with the charcoal ones behind.

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Nevertheless I was attracted to the bulbous shapes of the bladders on the seaweed and started shading them with charcoal.

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This is the end result (forgive the light shining on the photo). This was very satisfying to draw, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time I do a subject like this I’ll add in a focal point though.

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