This is really impressive work, Austen! I've always been interested in charcoal work, and I'm wondering how you first started using charcoal, and how the material informs your artistic process? Did thinker turn out in any surprising ways due to using charcoal, or did the idea for the image only come after deciding that you would use charcoal?
I guess I'm just curious about how you got started on this piece. It's a great piece, and I'm wondering how it developed.