This exercise involves covering paper with charcoal and using a rubber to draw. It seems very well suited to drawing in a dark room which is a great project for a February evening.
As usual I practiced with a drawing of my dog!
Patrick Caulfield in Drawing 1 has lead me to notice the play of the light on the shade.
Two different compositions. This works best cropped
And this which is my best drawing so far
However I had planned to use the technique on a life drawing. The hall I draw in has very flat light and the model is a bit far away. I started with a full length figure.
The large daffodil drawing is the strongest because of the balance of tone and the layout of the flowers. It's also the only drawing that gives any sense of depth and volume.
My tutor agreed that the daffodil picture was the strongest but suggested that I darken the darks with black conte and add white highlights. I find it difficult to get back into the same frame of mind when I return to a drawing which can be a good thing as I see it afresh but often means that I am a bit heavy handed in my approach.
The black works but I was a bit too generous with the white conte though it shows up more on the scan than in real life. I debated which way up it should be and accidentally came to this.
But I digress........