Jumbled, cluttered, whirlwind… If I could look inside my brain, I think I would see that exact chaotic mess of too many thoughts crashing around, each one vying for my attention. Okay, it’s probably not that bad. It is, however, essential for me to stop, breathe, prioritize, and refocus daily. Picking up my sketchbook helps me to regain this focus and be more productive.
This weekend I decided it was time for a sketch with less detail, using only a charcoal stick and eraser I set out to sketch a bald eagle. I blocked in most of the page with charcoal, being careful on the areas I knew would remain lighter. With my kneaded eraser I removed the excess charcoal to bring out the highlight areas. Easily completed in one sitting, this free-flowing method of drawing with charcoal is a great sketch break activity.