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Charcoal Drawing – Beach Time

Charcoal Drawing
Beach Time Charcoal

 

   Sun, Fun, Sand, and a Quick   Charcoal Drawing.Lately it seems like all my art projects have been everything but drawing.  This week I really needed some draw time.  Flipping through old photographs I found a great reference picture of my little girl.  Okay, maybe she is not so little anymore, and maybe it is from fourteen years ago, but beach times were favorites of mine and I will always cherish them.

Many summers were spent sand covered, wet haired, and sun-kissed on a warm British Columbia beach.   Friends were always near.  Adventures were plentiful.  Life was simple. 

There is something pure and refreshing about working with a charcoal pencil and a blank sheet of paper.  Maybe it is the rhythm, or maybe it is the break from the focus of daily life. Whatever it is, it is good. 

For this drawing I used Meridian Drawing paper by Pentalic.  The paper is a beautiful soft white color which helps give the drawing a warm look.  It also has a great tooth which is perfect for charcoal work.  It is one of my favorite papers.

 


 Art Piece:

Beach Time  11 x 14 Charcoal Drawing

Who doesn’t like sun, fun, sand, and a little beach time?


 

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Shotokan Karate Unsu – Cloud Hands

Unsu14×18 Graphite (photographed quality reproduction)

I love the collection of movements which embody the kata, Unsu.  They vary and flow from one technique to another.  It reminds me a lot of our Canadian weather.  In the course of one day we can go from serene clouds to violent winds, thunderstorms, and even tornadoes.

The Chinese’ characters for Unsu mean cloud hands. The character for hands may also refer to technique.   Just like clouds that bring many types of weather, the kata incorporates many types of hand movements and techniques.  It opens with a movement of the hands that depict the parting or separating of clouds and continues to move through a variety of symbolic weather patterns.

Check out this post, The History of Unsu, for more history, a video of M.Nakayama performing Unsu, and application.  Kind of cool!

I thought a drawing of the Unsu kata would make a great cloud study. For those of you who know this kata, I opted not to use the opening movement of the hands, the separating of the clouds. For me, the chicken-head-wrist block (keito-uke) is a signature move of this kata.

The cloud study for the drawing was a lot of fun, but the actual study of the kata has proven to be a little more difficult.  I always enjoy a good challenge; I think I found one.