|Venice Canal walkway|
In days of yore (love that phrase) artists frequently sketched using SANGUINE, a rust-coloured chalk – just look at the fabulous sketch below by Augustus John.
Those artists of the past often used blocks of sanguine for their lovely images. then, in the 18th Century, in response to the graphite shortages caused by the Napoleonic Wars, CONTE STICKS were invented by Nicolas-Jacques Conte (interestingly, the British naval blockage of France prevented the import of graphite). Conte is a drawing medium composed of compressed charcoal (or sometime graphite) mixed with a wax or clay base.
|Managed to get this far before the wretched thing spat right at me!|
|Venetian market seller, enjoying an icecream. Molto Bene!|