From Charcoal to Color
Oil paintings and their charcoal sketches, by Stefan Stenudd
It starts with charcoal sketches
My first batch of 2014 paintings had the theme Hands On. First it was just hands, then hands on bodies. I move on with this theme, but the bodies seem to get more and more in focus. The hands paintings are all in black and white, but as I've continued on the theme of hands and bodies, colors have started to emerge. The first one hesitantly introduces two colors: light ocher and burnt umber. On the second and third one I used them in abundance. You see them below, as well as their original charcoal sketches.
Here is the charcoal sketch I did at first on the canvas. I thought it might be interesting to see what it looked like before I started with the oil colors. I usually spend quite some time drawing and editing the image with charcoal, before the actual painting begins.
Click the header to get to my first oil paintings of 2014, which were black-and-white with the theme of hands.
I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both English and Swedish. I'm also an artist, a historian of ideas, and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.