What kind of charcoal do I use?

April 12, 2013 | Comments: 5 | Categories:

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I've been developing my charcoal drawing techniques for around four years now - it's such a versatile material there's still much more to discover.  Many of my favourite drawings from my early days at art school are charcoal ones.  I have fond memories of the first time I was encouraged to tape a piece to a stick and draw BIG!!  I thought my tutor was mad at first but it turns out to have been a valuable lesson and I often draw with a stick now.  People I teach now think I'm mad I suppose.

My discovery of charcoal powder was quite a revelation - I'd tried to make my own, having some success with homemade bonfire remains, but I now use Cretacolor powder which has an even particle size and consistent tone.  It's perfect for large drawings, behaves almost like paint in that it can be moved around on the paper, can be combined with binders and water for liquid effects and best of all, I can apply it with my hands, thus getting messy which makes me happy.

charcoal-table

I also use regular willow charcoal of various sizes.  I've tried hard to like compressed charcoal since it allows a really deep black to be achieved, but I cannot get on with it, it's somehow far too waxy and stubborn.  I'm currently experimenting with charcoal soaked in or mixed with linseed oil - it seems to give a lovely blackness which adheres to the paper quite well.  Because of this I've been able to use it out in the field without the usual worries about smudging.  Here's one I made earlier:

Dalkeith 718 charcoal

 I think there's something poetic about depicting wood with its carbonised self.

 

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It is best to have the tooth to do tonal examinations and so forth when utilizing charcoal and so forth however for high degree complete when you have the wrinkles worked out in advance, at that point your right, not the best look on the reg. drawing paper. Bristol is more costly however not very restrictive when you consider the recorded quality in addition to it is strong and substantially less demanding to mount and casing.

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There are different composers and uses of charcoal as an art medium, however, the regularly utilized writes are Compressed, Vine, and Pencil. Packed charcoal is formed into a square or a stick. Charcoal pencils comprise of packed charcoal encased in a coat of wood.

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Charcoal is the blackish residue consisting of impure carbon obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances.

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Bamboo charcoal originates from bits of bamboo plants, reaped after no less than five years, and consumed in stoves at temperatures extending from 800° C (1,472 ° F) to 1200° C (2,192° F). In this shape, it can be utilized as cooking fuel.

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Charcoal is a micro-black residue consisting of impure carbon obtained by removing water and other volatile components from animal and plant materials.

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