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Frosted Canvas by secrets-of-the-pen Frosted Canvas by secrets-of-the-pen
New year... so I want to try new things! This is my first try with charcoal on canvas and it definitely feels different than my paper, but I can't wait to experiment some more!

Created with chalk and charcoal on 5x7 primed canvas in about 2 hours.

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SweetHobbit72 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Currently your art is on my craft table, sitting on a shelf, overlooking the living room.  I've yet to purchase a frame for it, as I rather like it just the way it is.
So honoured to be an owner of one of your pieces.
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww! I'm so glad you are enjoying it! :D
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AMystery1994 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful! :)
I've been asked to draw a portrait using charcoal on canvas, which i have never done before. How easy did you find this, and does the charcoal adhere well to the canvas? 
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Compared to paper, it's definitely a challenge, but this was only my first time trying it. I plan to try again when I have a bit of time between my commissioned work. I do recommend doing a small test to see how it feels before taking on something huge! And make sure the canvas is well-primed (and sanded if you like a smoother surface.) It was a ton of fun and I loved the way the shades seemed richer on canvas, so it's definitely worth giving it a go!
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AMystery1994 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh ok, sounds interesting! I can't wait to give it a go now. Thank you for your advice, appreciate it!! :) 
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WritingfortheSoul Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi, I'm just wondering what brands you are using? The white is very dynamic.
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I use general's charcoal and white charcoal. :D
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WritingfortheSoul Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Cool thanks :) I love your style :)
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
excellent
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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PowerfulStardust Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Manifique !!! :star:
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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PowerfulStardust Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
You are very welcome! :dance:
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bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
OH PERFECT!! :heart: You know how I just fall for the way you do eyes. :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you! :D
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:iconbluegirl546:
bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Your welcome :)
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SupScott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
crispy
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BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
it's perfect! like a photo!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
no problem!
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BornintheLight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
told ya it was going to be amazing!:P I must say you inspire me a lot, and the way you do this things, wao!:D
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you so much! :D
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BornintheLight Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jaja always, or should, no, I say thanks to you:)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Great details!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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blacknimproud Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
looks like canvas gives a smoother finish...is it easier to work with? This is beautiful
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The charcoal blends a lot easier, but so far detailing is a little harder. I'm definitely looking forward to testing that out more, though! I love the texture and I'm really eager to try some MUCH larger pieces. :D
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blacknimproud Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
cool...well the finish is great. Should be worth it!
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks good.
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome :)
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piet-spruit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
this is so awesome!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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piet-spruit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Welcome it's amazing really
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Kmparrie109 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work as always hun :iconloveloveplz:
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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volker03 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! Your image is excellent. :wow: You can see that i can't find enough words to describe how great your work is! :iconflyingheartsplz:
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you so much! :D
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volker03 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This image is superb and i am awiting your next fantastic images. I am a fan of your amazing work :nod:
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secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your continued support! :D
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volker03 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love your art :-)
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whitetippedwaves Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the idea of the "frosted" eyelashes. :nod:
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thank you!
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rainbowcowsloveu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is truly amazing!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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kniggets Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
that is amazing!! the light! :wow: :)
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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kniggets Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:hug: I have had withdrawals not seeing your amazing art everyday!!
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:iconsecrets-of-the-pen:
secrets-of-the-pen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I've had withdrawals not drawing every day! haha :hug:
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kniggets Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh i can only imagine! with all of the time and dedication you have put into you art :D :wow:
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