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.