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Senecio haworthii by Allison-beriyani Senecio haworthii by Allison-beriyani
***This is a Botanical Plate done for my portfolio with a registered copyright. You do not have my permission to use this anywhere.***

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, this is my first attempt in a new media, Carbon Dust. I like working with is, but it keeps coming out splotchier than I like, or not blending enough.

More on this plant: [link] Apparently is can be used for tinder!
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AnaShadowWolf Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Wow, great work! Your shading always impress me and you're improving!!!
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:iconallison-beriyani:
Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was double-dipping this assignment for both Carbon Dust and Light-On-Form classes, so I really had to keep my shadows straight.
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Crescent-S-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its really purty! The value and volume are wonderful
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I cheated a little and turned this in for my Light-On-Form homework too.

It does do great value, but it's kind of a butt to work with.
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Crescent-S-Moon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I imagine powder would be hard to control..

Oh by the by, send me a text, I got a new phone, numbers the same but I don't have any ones contact info.
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, it clings to the paper and doesn't want to be spread around.
Graphite power, on the other hand, is literally explosive under certain conditions.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How does one use carbon dust? Looks like it give good values.
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1. Take 6B carbon (not charcoal or graphite) pencil, and get about a square inch or so of really toothy, hard paper (140 lb cold press watercolor paper usually works)
2. Color in a patch of that paper really, really dark and keep going over it, until there's dust sitting on the paper.
3. Get really tiny synthetic-hair water color brush.
4. Pick up some dust with the brush, and brush onto paper, going from the outside in.
5. Repeat until it's as dark as you can get it (about 40-50% value).
6. Clean edges with kneadable eraser, use slightly harder carbon pencils for really tiny sharp shadows.
7. Blend the crap out of everything with paper or felt stump.
8. Spray with workable fixative.
9. Repeat until done.
10 Spray with permanent fixative.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see. I might have to try that one day.
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is fun, once you get the hang of it.
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