Art Supplies For Charcoal Drawing Basics

In this video the artist discusses with you the range of different utensils available on the market which are needed to work at a basic fundamental level for charcoal drawings.

He discusses the range and diversity of charcoal pencils and delivers a brief summary on each of them weighing up their pros and cons, for example the sizes and their different weight and density criteria are played off against one another. He briefly talks about pencils and their graphite qualities and compares them to the charcoal pencils by discussing how they are easy to sharpen and sometimes better for outlining and early stages of finer detailing.

Next is the highlight charcoals which as you can imagine are a white charcoal composite and work directly even jet black areas of charcoal. These are relentless and great for adding body to your work so I would suggest these are a must for anybody getting in the game of charcoals.

To finish with comes the accessories low down where the blending stump, comprised of extremely tight wound cotton which is used as the name suggests only really for blending. It is better than your finger because it does not contain all those oils and grease which naturally occur on almost all hands. And finally but by no means least is your best mate the eraser, personally I would steer towards the kneaded one as it can be moulded to your desired shape to get some very fine removal of charcoal, not to mention it doesn’t leave shavings or residue.

Well hopefully this helps you on your path to being a charcoal artist, so sit back and learn the basics.

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    1. What causes the charcoal to lift when blending? Even when I am going back in to darken my darkest areas the previous charcoal sometimes lifts away. Is there any thing that can prevent this? Do you think it may be because of temp./ moisture in the air? Sometimes it happens & other times not. Thanks.

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    2. soft charcoal is darker and harder chacoal is lighter. 9B being the softest and 9H being the hardest. the harder the finer the line and the harder the more bold it is. for me it just helps when im trying to do a portrait i use the harder pencil for all the lighter areas and areas like the eyes where you need a finer tip to do the smaller areas. and when i want to do areas that are darker i use the softer lead. i hope i helped at all.lol.

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    3. I use canson mi teintes ( high quality, made for charcoal). I think I may have figured it out. The technique I use blocks in all really dark areas & a lighter charcoal application over the entire piece. I then smear it away. Going back in making dark areas darker & lifting the light areas. I think there may be a static charge from the smearing. I noticed if I allow some time in between the smear & next application of charcoal it adheres. Thanks for the reply!

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    4. I use canson mi teintes ( high quality, made for charcoal). I think I may have figured it out. The technique I use blocks in all really dark areas & a lighter charcoal application over the entire piece. I then smear it away. Going back in making dark areas darker & lifting the light areas. I think there may be a static charge from the smearing. I noticed if I allow some time in between the smear & next application of charcoal it adheres. Thanks for the reply!

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    5. Wtf is wrong with you expert village, everybody complains about how the people you guys get to teach your tutorials are idiots too amature at best, someday we’re all going to find out that expertvillage is really just some rich guy trolling us all this time.

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    7. The easiest place to find the charcoal is at an art supply store. Hobby Lobby and Michaels’ are two large chain stores that are probably near you. Look on google or even in your phonebook/yellow pages for the nearest one to you. Dick Blick and Cheap Joe’s are two stores you can order from online. You can find some of the supplies especially the erasers in Walmart or an office supply store. The highlight charcoal is actually white chalk.

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