Passage of the Marshes – Preliminary Drawing

Work on big art projects has been hard to carry out lately due to work commitments so all I have been managing to do is smaller sketches and studies; but recently I have been planning to start a new oil painting that I can work on as and when I get the chance to and in light of that I decided to get three pieces ready and work on them simultaneously.

The first of the three preliminary drawings is now complete and ready to post so here is part 1 of 3 of my new project!

Passage of the Marshes

Passage of the Marshes
Passage of the Marshes – Charcoal on Strathmore 400 Toned Paper – 20cm x 8cm

“Dreary and wearisome. Cold, clammy winter still held sway in this forsaken country. The only green was the scum of livid weed on the dark greasy surfaces of the sullen waters. Dead grasses and rotting reeds loomed up in the mists like ragged shadows of long forgotten summers.”

– The Two Towers, Book Four, Chapter II: “The Passage of the Marshes”

I want to get the three drawings finished and transferred onto canvas before beginning any of the painting work so the next post I’ll be back with the second preliminary drawing for this three part series of artworks.

Until next time, farewell!


7 thoughts on “Passage of the Marshes – Preliminary Drawing

  1. I really like this drawing; is it also in charcoal? I never thought about using charcoal, but it works perfectly. There is something both distant, and earthy about it – a memory, or a dream, but also historical and grounded in simple reality. I’ve missed seeing a few of these drawings, but enjoying catching up! Well done on these fantastic pieces of art.

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    1. Yeah I’ve started using charcoal on all of my preliminary pieces lately as it layers in a similar fashion to paint but with the control of a pencil.

      I find that your description there sums up the effects of charcoal perfectly and is a big part of what drew me to using the medium when seeing the works of others; it’s a beautiful medium to work with and the results do have an ethereal quality.

      Thanks again for your comment it means a lot and I’m glad you’ve come back to catch up! 🙂

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      1. You’re very welcome. And thanks for demonstrating just how effective charcoal can be. Yes, an ethereal quality, that’s right! Summed it up. I’ve missed a lot it seems since I’ve been away, but seeing this great artwork has been uplifting. Thank you!


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