Getting to Grips with Charcoal

I always found charcoal a bit cumbersome and messy to work with. I used it for quick figure sketches sometimes, but never really felt like I could get very detailed with it.

But after doing a few graphite drawings, I felt I was missing some of the expressive quality you get from painting, so I decided to give charcoal another go.

It’s taken a while, but I’m starting to feel more comfortable with it and look forward to exploring it in more depth. I love the range of values you can get from using charcoal and white pencil on grey paper.

Here are a few of my recent charcoal sketches:

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  1. Little_Em Avatar

    These are so beautiful.

  2. Subash Avatar

    Nice sketches. Vines charcoals can be so expressive.

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