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Megan Foldenauer's avatar Megan Foldenauer

Carbon dust is a very beautiful, old medical illustration drawing technique wherein loose dust (filings from carbon pencils) is applied to board or heavy paper with a brush and manipulated with blending stumps and chamois, primarily. Honestly, this piece has also seen the use of paper towel and my own body as tools. Then, erasers of all stripes, white conté/chalk, white gouache/watercolor, or even an exact-o (to scratch the surface back to the surface's tone) are used to create the spectral highlighting and surface textures. Ordinary and utterly new: I've always drawn eyes (not to mention studying the cornea for my PhD), but, this is the largest drawing I've attempted in my artistic life. It's evolution has been very surprising and quite a departure from the tight, technical biomedical illustrations that I do. Please view the time lapse videos below to see how this piece took shape. Thank you!

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: carbon dust, white chalk
  • Width: 96"
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 48"