Art techniques with charcoal
While charcoal may have it’s similarities to the everyday pencil, there are many drawing techniques which charcoal is especially great for. Charcoal is great for shading since it may be smudged and moved around, but it is best for when the artist is shading areas using hatching, because it is most expressive and conducive for sweeping strokes. This reason is also why charcoal is excellent for gesture drawing; sweeping strokes and grandiosity. While charcoal is good by itself as a medium, it is also fantastic for sketching before beginning to paint. If you want to paint over the charcoal, you may spray with a workable fixable and then you may paint right over it.
To create your first charcoal masterpiece, you may want to take a quick look at the Scribble Shop (www.scribbleshop.com) for some materials. The Scribble Shop has everything from charcoal pencils to also compressed charcoal. If you plan on using your charcoal as a primary sketch for your painting, you can also purchase a sprayable fixative to hold the charcoal drawing in place.
Here’s a link that gets you directly to the supplies you need to get started on your charcoal adventures: http://www.scribbleshop.com/content/creating-charcoal
Blog post written by Catherine Clark