This was a quick gesture drawing. I enjoy drawing really dark from the get go – which isn’t a great way to start a ‘successful’ drawing. One can’t really undo the mistakes done with dark charcoal. Usually, if the light charcoal line isn’t in the right place, one can go back and draw a darker line next to it to ‘fix’ the light charcoal line. The darker line gets all the attention and the light line gets lost. But if all the lines are really dark, and a mistake is made – no escape but start on a fresh paper. So, be careful when you are using 6B charcoal sticks/pencils.
And I call any drawing that achieves one’s intent as a successful drawing. That implies that one is able to do a good drawing through intent – not by accident. Usually, I know exactly how a drawing is supposed to come to light in my mind but, often, my hand doesn’t obey my mind and the result is a bad drawing on paper