Drawing Lesson - Charcoal - Line Control, Blending, Values and Properties.

Charcoal (Natural) line control, blending tones with stumps, fingers and Chamois Cloth.
Charcoal is one of the oldest drawing tools; it is a wonderful substance for drawing as it gives you rich black lines. Charcoal is very dry so it does not adhere to paper very well, this makes it easy to erase. It is so delicate and dry that you can blow on it and it will come off the paper. Using your finger you can create tones, soften lines and erase to change your drawing.

Charcoal (Compressed) line control, blending tones with stumps, and Chamois Cloth. Using erasers not only to erase but also as a drawing tool. Compressed charcoal is very different than natural (Vine – Willow) charcoal as it is oily so it adheres to the paper better, has a more intense black, and does not erase as easily.

Materials: Natural Charcoal with 18 x 24" news print paper pad and Compressed Charcoal with 18 x 24" drawing paper pad.

You should try to recreate the two exercises below and when you have successfully recreated them you should explore other set of makes and blends that are unique to help expand your mark making vocabulary in this medium.


Natural charcoal drawing exercise - Free Drawing And Painting Lessons Ed Burke

Drawing art exercise natural charcoal .

Exercise compressed charcoal. Drawing Lesson by Edward A. Burke

Drawing art exercise compressed charcoal.