Easy charcoal drawing for beginners step by step, Charcoal is so much fun it is so versatile and beautiful and expressive.
Let’s talk about some of the different tools you can use when creating art with charcoal
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1. Compressed Charcoal
First of all, you have compressed charcoal, compressed charcoal is dark you can make controlled lines you can press hard.
And it is pretty hard to erase it blends out well but you can get in large areas coverage notice that does make a lot of dust.
This is all-around charcoal you can use it for anything you can lay stuff out you can use it to create a shaded object like a sphere.
2. Vine Charcoal
We have vine charcoal willow or vine charcoal is made with sticks from grapevines or willow it’s soft and it’s made without a binding agent.
So, it’s just a burnt piece of stick it allows it to be erased easily it’s soft you could not get a lot of dark tones with your charcoal.
I use willow or vine charcoal to lay out my composition on canvases when I’m gonna paint and it can easily be erased with a rag.
So if you’re not sure what you’re gonna do use that willow or vine charcoal
I like to use black erasers to erase my charcoal you can see how easily willow and bind charcoal can be erased.
While the compressed charcoal is a little bit tougher to erase using your eraser as a drawing tool is also a really good idea you can get back in there and add highlights with that.
3. White Charcoal
Next, we have white charcoal which is often called white charcoal but it’s not charcoal, charcoal cannot be made white.
White chalk as it is chalk or calcium carbonate mixed with a binder it doesn’t blend it and black charcoal.
But you can use it to add highlights and little details into your charcoal drawings and is great to love using it. White charcoal pencils as well you can use.
we have charcoal pencils I have a 2b and a 6b. I’m so gonna start with the to just show you the difference a 2b.
It gets pretty dark it doesn’t smudge as much as the 6b this is the 6b you can see it’s quite a bit darker.
4. White Charcoal Pencil
Next, we have the white charcoal pencil, this smudges a little bit better than the white charcoal stick and I love that for adding details this is called a Tourtilian.
A lot of people just call it a smudge stick. It is made with rolled-up paper and this one is by generals.
Charcoal Drawings For Beginners Tips
These are great I like these, I never use these as much when I first started using charcoal I just used to use my hands to blend which I still do,
but I do use these to get a little bit more control with the blending of your hands gets messy. If you use your smudge stick you can draw.
You can pull the charcoal out, you can use it for things like animal fur or creating texture or just to round something out.
And how you keep your smudge stick nice and clean and nice and sharp is use this little paddle with the sandpaper on it.
And you rub that to make the point and clean it off and when you’re done you can just tear off the top layer of sandpaper and find a new one underneath.
In terms of your color or your charcoal pencils make sure to use the sharpener that came with them and colored pencils for that matter don’t use an electric sharpener and try not to drop them
because they can break into little pieces inside and then you know how frustrating it is to try to sharpen a pencil and have it continuously breaking on you so be careful with your pencils.
Remember that charcoal is not pencil it can be expressive it can be rough it can be.
however, you want it to be it doesn’t have to be smooth and perfect that’s what I love about charcoal it’s so expressive.
Another pencil that’s fun to use is the carbon sketch pencil it’s kind of like in-between a graphite pencil and a super dark charcoal pencil it’s so it’s a little bit smoother like graphite but it is so dark.
what happens when I do the same thing with the 6b charcoal pencil it has the same amount of darkness but it smudges a little bit more meaning you get that dark smudge but with the carbon pencil, you have a little bit more control of the softness of the smudge.
the 2b pencil and see how much softer so there’s carbon and you can see it smudges there are 6 bands there’s the to be I don’t know if I talked about erasers yet but I like to use both the kneaded eraser and this black eraser by FACTUS, it works well.
Have a great time using charcoal don’t forget to spray everything with fixative when you are done and your charcoal won’t budge
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